Author: Johanna Flashman Publish date: Jan 19, 2018 Social count: 1113 1.1K SHARES In February 2017, 19-year-old Margo Hayes fired La Rambla, the 45-meter benchmark 5.15a in Siurana, Spain. Like many of today’s top climbers, spanning from the current generation, like Hayes, back to former-kid-crushers-turned-adult-pros, like Emily Harrington, Katie Brown, and Chris Sharma, Hayes had been coached by Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou. A Southern girl turned Coloradoan, Erbesfield-Raboutou, 54, is a climbing legend who, in 2012, opened the country’s first kids’ climbing gym, ABC Kids Climbing, in Boulder, Colorado. She is a woman of remarkable grit, energy, and determination who has not only been climbing the top grades for the past quarter century but also helping the next generation realize its potential. Speaking of which, before she tried La Rambla, Hayes taped up her hands, raw with cuts and scrapes from the sharp limestone. Her plan was to climb to a kneebar rest at 45 feet where she’d remove the tape with her teeth before the crux. While Hayes wowed the world as the first woman to climb a consensus 5.15a (she followed up with a redpoint of the Céüse, France, 5.15a Realization on September 24), Erbesfield-Raboutou said she was “absolutely not… Read full this story
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