Kids Rock Climbing: Brooke Raboutou

Beyond Survival: 11-year-old girl shatters climbing records

Could you climb if your life depended on it? Can you imagine hanging off the edge of a mountain, or scaling the side of a boulder? 11-year-old Brooke Raboutou does this every day.


Why do you love climbing?

“I love climbing because there’s a lot of challenges in climbing.”

“There’s so many different ways that you can climb.”

“When I’m on the rock, I feel in control, and just happy.”

You’re not afraid of heights?

“When I’m on a really high climb and I look out or down, the view is always really pretty and fascinating.”

“It’s just so cool to think how small I am compared to the rock, and how high I am. I’m not scared.”


What if you fall?

“Sometimes I reach a place where I don’t think I can go any farther.”

“It’s always possible to do something. I just have to try it.”

How hard is it to climb?

“To be a really good climber, you can’t just ‘have it.’ You have to train really hard. I take it pretty seriously.”

Do you ever feel like giving up?

“If I don’t make a route, it’s just motivating, because I don’t want to leave it undone. I know I can get it.”

Does your whole family climb?

Brooke rock climbing at home rock gym“My mom coaches me and my teammates.”

“She encourages me a lot, she gives me really good advice.”

“She’s just a big part of my climbing life.”

“My dad builds climbing walls and houses. He built a mini climbing wall in our basement.”

Want to learn to climb?

  • Find a rock gym in your area.
  • Sign up for a beginner class.
  • Practice at home.

Start climbing!

  • Climb a tree.
  • Climb a fence.
  • Climb a wall.
  • Climb a couch.
  • Climb a door.


Climb a door? (Ask your parents first!):

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