Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou

Robyn with her husband Didier and their daughter Brooke in Hueco 2011.

Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou

Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou is the founder, owner, and director of ABC Climbing.  She has been one of the best female climbers in the world for over two decades and is five-time US Champion and four-time World Cup Champion. She began coaching in 1993, retired from competition in 1996, became a mother twice over, and eventually became the head coach for the USA Climbing Team. Robyn has now been working with children for over 15 years as a personal trainer and specializes in coaching junior elite athletes.

In 2005 Robyn created ABC Kids Climbing to combine her passion for working with children in an athletic capacity and her extensive knowledge of and involvement in the sport of climbing. Robyn sees significant value in providing children with the space and tools to make decisions and to learn and develop confidence in their abilities through movement. Robyn’s own children, Shawn and Brooke, have been with ABC since it’s inception and are now part of the ABC Elite Competition Team, aka Team America’s Best Climbers or Team ABC. This site focuses on the adventures of Team ABC, though the ABC program has classes for all abilities and levels of development. For more on the programs ABC offers, please click here: ABC Kids Boulder.

Robyn crushing in the 80's.

Robyn remains very involved in the world climbing infrastructure. She is a current board member for USA Climbing, America’s climbing federation, and a chairperson for the adult USA Climbing, which is responsible for competition information. She continues to specialize in personal training and has given over 4000 private lessons at facilities around the world. Robyn and her husband Didier Raboutou also started a summer camp for children in France called “Planete Grimpe” in which over 100 children participate per week. She has taken members of her team members climbing at national and international outdoor areas and competitions and remains committed to fostering a unified climbing community in which youth athletes stay physically and mentally healthy and are given the support and opportunity to compete fairly and realize their goals and potential.


Robyn realizing she has a little potential of her own left with a quick ascent of her first V11, Hard Boiled, in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. She also continues to climb 5.14 -- over 15 years after her first 5.14 ascent! | April 2011

Robyn’s Stats

Born: May 1963

First Climbed: Age 18

Climbing Regularly Since: 18. I loved it the first day I tried it.

Height: 5’1″

Ape Index: +2

Favorite Outdoor Areas: Rodellar, Spain; Hueco, Joe’s Valley, Red River Gorge

Robyn in Hueco | November 2011

Favorite Routes/Problems: All of them!

Proudest Ascents:

Bouldering – Sunshine (V11) in 1/2 day

Routes – Silence (hard 8b+) redpointed putting in the draws in a handful of tries 2nd day on it.

(Robyn was the 3rd woman in the world to climb an 8b+/5.14a route)

Robyn sending Sunshine on a cold windy day in Hueco | November 2011

Best Comp Results:

4 World Cup Titles

Winning every competition I entered in 1993

Robyn at a World Cup in Laval, France

Other Sports & Activities: Snowboarding, Light Running, Spending time with my family and Team ABC

Favorite Subject in School: Math

Future Goals: Continue to climb hard without injury

Robyn warming up in Hueco | November 2011


Robyn’s Sponsors


Robyn’s Favorite Shoes

La Sportiva Solution


Robyn’s Links

ABC Home Site – ABC Kids Boulder

Climbfind Heroes – Youth Climbing Article #3 – Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou  |  November 2011

Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou  |  La Sportiva Pro Ambassadors

Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou Climbs Hard Boiled (V11)  |  April 2011  | Deadpoint Magazine

Erbesfield-Raboutou: 5.14a at Age 45  |  2009  | Forum Topic: 7c+ OS by Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou (47)

Raboutou Family Blog


Robyn’s Videos


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    Team ABC in Hueco November 2011 « Team ABC Boulder said:
    December 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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    jorden said:
    June 13, 2012 at 2:05 am

    I enjoyed staying at your camp a few years ago when i was 12 I traveled from the states to your camp for the summer with a friend named anne campbell , I also enjoyed climbing with you and your family. Your kids were just adorable and thank you for having me ! I met my boyfriend climbing and we have been together since! Your an unbelievable climber and I envy your love for climbing!

      Robyn Raboutou said:
      June 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Jorden, It’s so nice to hear from you. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed our camp and hope to see you again soon. Robyn

    Makoto Kitayama said:
    September 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Dear Friends
    We japanese climbing magazine want to have photo of God’s Own Stone 5.14a.

    Jordan Rivers said:
    January 31, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Dear Robyn Raboutou
    I have been lead climbing for about 6 months now and am now lead climbing for my school club to set up a routes in order for other kids in the club to top-rope. When i am leading 5.10 or 5.11 however if i fall my figure 8 knot is getting so tight that i have a hard time untying it. When shown the video of Brooke climbing i notice she was using a different knot. Is there anyway you could let me know what type of knot that is or if there is a safe knot that wont bind like that? Thanks for your time.

      Robyn Raboutou said:
      February 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Jordan, It’s difficult to give safety knot descriptions over the internet but that knot is quite common now. Perhaps you can ask around and someone can actually show you how to do that knot. Hope this helps. Robyn

    agates said:
    July 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    dear Robyn, I enjoy watching you climb, you always seem to have so much energy, thanks for the figure of nine tip, I will check out an instructor.

    Jodi Dehli said:
    September 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Robyn, My daughter won a one hour training session with you that you were kind enough to donate at Climb Iowa this year. She is on the Advanced team for Vertical Endeavors in Minnesota. We would like to come to Boulder so she can climb with you. Could we come October 5 or 6? You will be a terrific inspiration for her. She is a junior, looking at colleges and loves – just loves climbing.
    Jodi (Mom)

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