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UPDATED – Strong Kids! And Traversi, Traversa, are you confused yet?

A year or so ago we were pretty amused to find a new name popping up on 8a.nu – Tito Claudio Traversa.  Why were we amused?  Doesn’t it sound familiar?

They sound the same, but they don’t really look the same.  So far at least.  We’ll see how Tito turns out in ten more years.

 

The left hand crux hold of Jade | Carlo Traversi

Tito Claudio Traversa

In case you haven’t heard of him, Tito is a young (he was born in 2001!) Italian kid who happens to be climbing quite hard for his age, with two 8b (5.13d) ascents topping his 17 climbs 13a and harder including one 13a onsight.  The guy who runs 8a.nu loves to reprint Tito news, but it is certainly true that Tito seems to be prepared to take the climbing world by storm.

Speaking of young kids climbing 8b’s, Shawn (12) and Brooke Raboutou (9) are currently crushing it crushed over their spring break trip to the Red River Gorge.

Brooke Raboutou

Shawn Raboutou

Shawn climbed two 13d’s, Ultra Perm and Swingline, in only 5 and 4 tries, respectively.  He also onsighted Easy Rider (13a), flashed Skinboat (13a) and did Snooker first try this year (also 13a).  His hardest route to date is 14a.

Brooke did her first 13d with Swingtime, and it only took her 2 tries!  Her other RRG sends were Skinboat and Snooker, both of which she did 2nd try.  Her previous route best was 13b, and as far as I know she has never climbed a 13c.  She just skipped straight to 13d!

Their fellow ABC team member Margo Hayes, who you will remember from her stunning performance in the SBS V!! Gladiator Finals has done several 12d’s and 13a’s.

 

Margo Hayes | Keith North

All 3 kids climb at the Spot sometimes and are coached by Shawn and Brooke’s mother Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou (who, at age 47, also just climbed 2 13d’s at the Red!), as well as Spot Setter Garrett Gregor, who ALSO just sent his first 13d at the Red–not bad for a boulderer, huh?

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