Coach Garrett wrote an article about Coach Robyn that is in the current issue of Deadpoint Magazine. You can check the magazine out online for free here – DPM Sept/Nov ’12 – and also pick up a free print copy next door at The Spot. Here are some screen shots, but click the link above to see the article and zoom in to read it.
Also Robyn and Brooke were recognized in the “Chasing Numbers” section for making the youngest and oldest ascents of 8c (5.14b) with Welcome to Tijuana.
Again, to see the full issue click here – DPM Climbing and choose Issue 21: Sept – Nov ’12
Here are some photos from Team Camp in Rodellar. Looks like they had a blast!
All photos courtesy Team ABC
We are happy to congratulate Coach Robyn on realizing her first 8c. Hot on the coattails of Brooke, Robyn has also climbed Welcome to Tijuana.
Here is what she had to say about the ascent:
Inspired once again by my kids, I did Welcome yesterday! By far my hardest send yet. I’ve done three 8b+’s in the past few weeks and this 8C was a strong notch above the other routes I sent. Big milestone for me.
Nice job Robyn!!! So inspiring!!!
We are very proud to share the news that Brooke has done her first 8c (14b) with Welcome to Tijuana in Rodellar, Spain. With this ascent Brooke (age 11) is the youngest person in the world to climb a route this difficult. You may remember last March when Brooke did her first 14a and simultaneously became the youngest person in the world to climb that grade with Italian Tito Traversa, who at the same age did his first 14a on the same day. Now with this ascent of a 14b Brooke holds the title to herself. Nice job Brooke!
Coach Robyn emailed with some info on how the ascent went down:
Brooke sent Welcome to Tijuana! We have been working it together amongst other routes. You know I’ve been doing other routes these past couple of weeks so we have been getting on Welcome a couple times a week just to see how close we could get. Brooke has looked good from the very beginning but until a few days ago, she couldn’t do the final moves just before the belay. These are the same moves that gave Shawn trouble last year (small holds far apart). The taller people do a big move and it’s over but Shawn and Brooke found a way for them that ends up being the hardest moves on the entire climb. Once she got the last boulder problem, she started trying to redpoint. After getting to the top 6 times (basically doing the 8c), she finally pulled off the final 4 moves and sent the route. It was beautiful to watch and the entire valley of Rodellar was cheering for her.
The climbing world is very inspired by the ascent and many sites have posted about Brooke including:
The Team ABC Spain Adventure Camp was a great time. Here are some photos from Coach and Guide Adam Brink.
Outdoor Climbing Workshop
June 11th to 16th, 2011
Join us for a week of adventure in one of the most stunning areas of northern Spain, Rodellar! Located next to Sierra de Guara Natural Park and known for its spectacular rock canyons and crystalline waters, Rodellar is one of the great climbing destinations in the world. Our week will be filled with climbing the famous limestone, exploring the canyons and soaking up the great views from our apartment patios. While the kids are out climbing, parents will be free to enjoy the good life in Spain!
We are limiting this trip to 5 families. Spots are first come first served. To reserve your family’s place, contact Adam Brink and pay your reservation deposit to ABC Climbing. The deposit is 50% of total cost. All deposits are non-refundable except if the trip is cancelled.
Didier Raboutou and Adam Brink will be the climbing guides as well as the point people for the trip. Didier is a French certified climbing guide, a former French champion climber and is still considered one of the best on-sight climbers ever. Adam is an AMGA certified single-pitch guide, a teacher of 10 years, and a climbing coach for the ABC Advanced Climbing Team and the Horizons Climbing Club at Horizons K-8 Charter School in Boulder. He has climbed extensively throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, France, and England.
Where will we be staying?
We will be staying in the Valle De Rodellar apartments. Each apartment is fully equipped with a kitchen, bathroom and a terrace or porch with some of the most breathtaking views in the Rodellar Valley. There is an adjoining restaurant where we will have dinner each night.
A Different Schedule
The Spanish eat dinner much later in the evening. The whole day is actually shifted much to the later half of the day. To be in sync with this we will start our climbing day with the kids later (around noon) and climb until the evening. This gives us a chance to sleep in, climb in the shade in the afternoon and then enjoy the late Spanish dinnertime (starting at 9pm is normal, if not early). While the different schedule can seem like a challenge consider it part of the adventure!
Schedule for the Week
Sunday - Families arrive in the afternoon and check into apartments. Dinner will start at 9pm.
Monday – Climbing day – Guides will have the kids climbing from noon to 7pm. Parents are free during this time. Dinner will start at 9pm.
Tuesday – Canyoneering day! – A local guide will take interested families on an adventure rappelling and swimming through the local canyons. Dinner will start at 9pm.
Wednesday – Climbing day – Guides will have the kids climbing from noon until 7pm. Parents are free during this time. Dinner will start at 9pm.
Thursday – Via Ferrate day – For interested families we will be exploring the local cliffs and enjoying the spectacular views while following a via ferrate. (What is a via ferrate? It is a mountain route that is equipped with fixed cables, ladders and bridges. Walkers and climbers can follow vie ferrate without needing to use their own ropes and belays, and without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing). Dinner will start at 9pm.
Friday – Family climbing day – Kids and interested parents will leave at noon to spend the rest of the day climbing, rappelling and exploring the canyons. End of the week dinner party will start at 9pm.
Saturday – Check out of apartments.
If you are interested in arriving early or staying after please let us know. We can help arrange accommodations.
What is included in the cost?
- Family apartment for Sunday afternoon through Saturday morning.
- Dinner at the adjoining local restaurant Sunday through Friday evening.
- Your apartment stocked with breakfast and lunch food for the week.
- Three days of guided climbing for the climbing kids.
- One day of guided climbing for the parents.
- One day of guided canyoneering for everyone.
- One day of guided hiking and climbing on a via ferrate.
$1,460 per person.
Family of 2: $2,920
Family of 3: $4,380
Families of 4 or more get at 10% discount.
Family of 4: $5,256
Family of 5: $6,570
As a point of comparison, all other guided climbing camps in Europe (and there are only a couple!) cost at least $3,000 to $4,000 per person!
Who can go?
Anyone! This camp can accommodate all levels of climbers and families.
Kids who are over 13 and are comfortable without their parents are welcome to come alone and enjoy camp under coach and guide supervision.