[Wind blowing] [Music] COACH: When you compare Brooke to the average
climber that’s her age, there almost is no comparison.
BROOKE: I’m Brooke Raboutou, I’m eleven years old, and I’m a rock climber.
BROOKE: I started climbing probably about when I could walk.
MOM: She wants to climb the hardest route out there, she wants to win the competitions.
COACH: She’s able to do climbs that people once thought were impossible.
BROOKE: When I’m on a high rock I feel like I’m in control and just happy. [Music] BROOKE [to brother]: I’ll go first. [Music] COACH: Brooke is a climbing phenom. She’s
set all these precedents in rock climbing that 10 years ago the top elite climbers were
having trouble doing. ROBYN [MOM]: Brooke is one of two female climbers
in the world at the young age of 11 to be setting records. [Music] GARRETT: Brooke was the first 9-year-old to do
V10. She was also the first 10-year-old to do V11. She’s the first 10-year-old to climb
5-14-A and the first 11-year-old to climb 5-14-B. You’re talking like 0.0001% of the
climbing community can do these climbs. BROOKE: I love climbing because, well there’s
a lot of challenges in climbing. I don’t know. It’s so cool just to be moves after moves
and different holds. There’s so many different ways that you can climb.
ROBYN: Look how I’m going to take the hold. I’m going to take it open and then I’m gonna
close it. Take it open, then close it. Open and then close it. Okay?
GARRETT: She really has the full package. For one, she has these incredibly strong fingers.
If she gets a hold, she’s gonna hold onto it. Also, she’s been able to maintain that
only baby flexibility where she’s able to twist and turn into these positions that the
average climber just is not able to do. Brooke is also unique in the sense that she comes
from this long line of champion world cup climbers. [Music] ROBYN: I started climbing at age 18 and I
did my first world cup in 1989 and I went on to win four world cup titles in a row.
That pretty much set my path for what I wanted to do as an adult which was to coach and teach
young kids how to rock climb. ROBYN [to student]: It’s all about bringing
it in with one arm— BROOKE: Now she 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. ROBYN [to Brooke]: There it is! Good, strong!
Yeah, Brooke! ROBYN: She’s hard on herself, so I don’t need
to be hard on Brooke. She’s her boss and I’m always there just to give her the tools she
needs to help her progress to the level that she wants to be at.
BROOKE: Sometimes it’s hard for my mom to be my coach because I can get really frustrated
with her. ROBYN [to Brooke]: C’mon, faster Brooke! Let’s
go! Good. Go, go, go, go! Oh, you could have gotten another second off there.
GARRETT: Robyn is an intense person, but that’s what makes her great and I think that the
kids thrive off of that intensity and that desire to succeed.
ROBYN [to Brooke]: Really pull hard. C’mon, Brooke! Good job! Sweet! That’s progress.
GARRETT: C’mon, Brooke. Get more in! BROOKE: To be a really good climber, you can’t
just have it. You have to train really hard, so I take it pretty seriously.
GARRETT: One! Time! Nice job! [Music] ROBYN: We have kids who are athletic and they’ve
been athletic since the day they started to crawl and you can see that they’re very coordinated.
As a family, we introduced our kids to climbing at a very young age. We started when they
were itty bitty in France and we have a climbing gym in our backyard and as soon as they could
walk, we tied them into a rope and we let them try to climb. It’s something that’s just
always been in our lives, just like the refrigerator and the bathtub. We’ve always had a climbing
wall at our home. BROOKE: This is my climbing like mini-gym
that my dad built and its in my basement of my house. My dad was also a really good rock
climber. He climbed in world cups, too. He won a lot of big competitions, but he doesn’t
climb much anymore. DIDIER [DAD]: I did all the competitions until
’92, after that, I kind of slowed down my climbing to find other passions. Now I like
a lot to work with my hands. Building stuff, I love it.
BROOKE: My dad built climbing walls in houses, too. He built a lot of my house and he also
built a strength-training part above my basement. ROBYN: It’s just kind of a European way of
gaining finger strength and we like it, so we built it. [Laughing] C’mon. C’mon, finish
it! Good! BROOKE: I like to look for challenges. It
keeps me motivated and I don’t like doing the same thing all of the time.
BROOKE: We’re in clear creek. And the route I’m gonna climb is Sonic Youth. [Music] ROBYN: Brooke just steps way out there from
a challenge standpoint and she picks things that are hard for her and hard for anybody
and she goes after it. GARRETT: Because climbing is so hard, it’s almost
a masochistic sort of sport. If it doesn’t make you happy, then there’s no reason to
do it. BROOKE: When I’m on a really high climb and
I look out at the view or down, I know that the view is always really pretty and fascinating
and when I look down, I’m not scared because I’m not scared of heights but it’s just so
cool to think how small I am compared to the rock and high I am. [Music] ROBYN: C’mon, Brookey! You can do it!
GARRETT: It’s important to always be strong mentally. If you let it slip for one second, especially
because of the nature of climbing, it can be a dangerous sport if you let that enter
into your mind that you can’t do this or this is too hard.
BROOKE: Sometimes when I reach a place where don’t think I can go any farther, it’s always
possible to do something. I just have to do try it.
ROBYN [to Brooke]: You just have to commit to it. You can do it! There it is! Awesome!
ROBYN: She doesn’t go after things that come easy for her. She wants to climb the hardest
route out there, she wants to win the competitions. And with that comes failure.
ROBYN [to Brooke]: Wow, good effort! [Brooke cries]
ROBYN: It’s hard as parents to see that happen but it’s important for all of us, we’ve all
been there where things don’t always fall into place and that’s what makes us stronger.
BROOKE: If I don’t make a route, it’s just motivating because I don’t want to leave it
undone. I’m so close and it’s just that feeling that I know I can get it.
GARRETT: She has this persistence to keep going. I’ve been with her outside trying these things
well past after it’s gone dark and Brooke’s still there fighting to do this rock climb.
ROBYN: That tough grinding personality that doesn’t give up is really what makes her who
she is and it was there when she was itty bitty and it’s still there. [Music] BROOKE: I’m Brooke Raboutou. Hang around and
watch the next video. [Laughs]