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?
“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.
- 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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