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: