Month: March 2012

Brooke Raboutou, age 10, sends her first 14a and becomes the youngest female ever to send the grade!

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Brooke sending God's Own Stone

On Thursday, March 29th, 2012, Brooke Raboutou sent God’s Own Stone, 5.14a, at The Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Brooke is visiting the Red over Spring Break with her family and other team members and coaches of Team ABC Boulder. This is her first 5.14.

Brooke right after the send!

Brooke’s ascent is extremely impressive and places her in the record books as the youngest American and youngest woman in the world to send 14a. She was also nearly the youngest person in the world to send the grade, but she will now share that honor with her friend Tito Traversa of Italy, also age 10, who sent his longstanding 14a project on the exact same day as Brooke’s ascent.

Brooke on the send.

According to Coach Robyn, Brooke’s ascent took 5 tries. On her first day, Wednesday, it was quite hot and Brooke went up the route to figure out all the moves and then gave two redpoint burns. On Thursday she tried the route cold, fell, came down, rested, and then sent next go.

Brooke has previously sent 13d, with Swingline at The Red during last year’s spring break, as well as 13c and a few 13b’s.

To see Brooke’s personal profile, click here –> Brooke Raboutou « Team ABC Boulder

Congratulations Brooke!!!


Coming Soon! – Two New ABC Kids Climbing Facilities!!!

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Announcing Two New Facilities!

Sneak Peek of the new ABC Kids Climbing Boulder Facility

We’ve been hard at work for the past several weeks building two new ABC Kids Climbing Facilities. These new facilities are the result of years of planning and are specially designed for skill development, camps, birthday parties, groups, special needs experiences, and training of our elite Team ABC climbing teams.

One facility is located right here in Boulder, Colorado, and is nearly next door to our friends at The Spot Bouldering Gym. Coach Didier Raboutou designed the walls and is heading up the construction, and many local climbers and friends are helping with all the work including Coach Mike Auldridge. Shawn even helped pound t-nuts the other day:

Now most of the plywood is on the main boulder at the Boulder facility, but there is still much work to be done with the other boulders, top rope wall, and 3-7 year old skills development area.

The second new ABC Kids Climbing facility will be in association with Momentum Climbing Gym in Salt Lake City, Utah. More info on that to follow, estimated opening is June 2011.

Big Thanks

ABC would like to extend major thank-you’s to a few individuals who have helped us turn our new facilities into reality.

Thanks to General Contractor Tim Harrington and his company Harrington Stanko Construction.

Thanks to Architect James McCutcheon and Design Network Architects.

Thanks to Engineer Michael Todd of Cornerstone Engineering & Surveying, Incorporated.


We are very excited to share our new facilities with you. For more info on all the programming ABC for Kids offers, please check out our main website – ABC Kids Climbing.

ABC Kids Climbing Indoor Summer Camps!!!

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In addition to our outdoor camps in France and Spain, ABC Boulder will be hosting many multi-day full and half day indoor climbing camps throughout the summer at our brand new facility. Use the ABC Camp Registration Page to find dates and register for the camp that works best with your child and your schedule. You can also sign up for the France and Spain camps on this page. Space is limited, so act soon and ensure your space in these wonderful summer programs!

Team ABC Boulder Nationals Photos

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Shawn trying hard for his 3rd place finish | photo Drew Dolan

Drew Dolan took a bunch of awesome photos of the 2012 ABS Youth National Championships. Enjoy! And feel free to use them on other sites, but please link back to this blog page.  Thank you!

Ariana O'Brien
Stella Noble
Brooke and Ariana
Stella getting creative
Timmy Dolan
Finn Stack and Timmy Dolan
Timmy Dolan
Margo Hayes
Pierce McCrerey and Austin Lankford
Margo Hayes
Isabelle took a pretty good fall, luckily Spot coach Spencer Pitman was there to help spot.
Megan Mascarenas atop one of the harder boulders.
Shawn Raboutou trying hard
Team ABC rockin' the girl's D rankings. l-r Mia (10th), Ariana (8th), Phoebe (7th), Ravelle (6th), Stella (5th), Brooke (4th).

More ABC Thanksgiving in Hueco Pics

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Shawn hiking Sunshine V11 in Hueco Tanks

I just unearthed some photos from Thanksgiving’s trip to Hueco Tanks. If you wanna see the rest check out Team ABC on Facebook. While you’re there don’t forget to “like” us and please recommend us to your friends as well. Thanks!

To see the rest of the album click here: TEAM ABC BOULDER


Team ABC Boulder Advanced Coach Adam Brink makes The Daily Camera!

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Adam Brink on Castle Rock | photo property of The Boulder Daily Camera

Team ABC Boulder’s Advanced Coach Adam Brink got his photo taken yesterday at Castle Rock in Boulder. Click the photo or this link to check out the rest of the gallery.  Nice job Adam!

Climbing Castle Rock in Boulder Canyon – Photogalleries Boulder, CO –

We should also mention that Adam is one of the guides for our summer camps in France and Spain this summer. To learn more click on “Camps” on the top menu. If you’re interested sign up quick, before the trips fill up!

Megan Mascarenas is the JIBS 12-14 Girls Champion!

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Megan at Mount Evans last summer

We are very proud of Team ABC Boulder member Megan Mascarenas for winning her 3rd straight Junior Indoor Bouldering Series Championship. Megan won the girl’s 12-14 category. Nice job Megan!

A short rundown:


Megan reports that the problems in the redpoint qualifer round were very good and she had a lot of fun climbing on them and hanging out with all the other climbers at the event.

After qualifiers Megan had the highest score for the girls in any age group and also had a higher score than most of the boys. The competition was strong and included several US Junior Team members like Kayla Lu, Carrie Scott, Zoe Steinberg (last year’s US Junior ABS National Champion), and Tiegan Wilson.


Finals were onsight style and held division by division (11 and under, 12-14, and 15-18 girls and boys). Megan flashed all 4 of her problems and won the comp. Nick Picarella (Boys 15-18) and Eli Frankel (Boys 11 and under) were the only other competitors to flash all their finals.

Megan went home with a new Marmot tent, $150, climbing shoes and lots of other schwag. She says she had a great time and met many nice people.

Full JIBS 2012 Results

Megan Mascarenas’ Profile for Team ABC Boulder

We will post media as it comes out. The JIBS website says this week some video should appear.