Robyn Erbesfield – Still Cranking at 45

by Kevin Avery Dougald MacDonaldreports on the US website Climbing.com that Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou has recently redpointed the route Bad Attitude F8b+at the crag St. Antonin Noble Val near to her summer home in France.The four times former world-champion is no stranger to hard climbing, having already succeeded on two routes of this grade back in 1993, but the 45 year old mother of two has not tried a route of this standard for nearly 15 years.Erbesfield has more recently concentrated on her family and career but was motivated to push herselfharderafter a family climbing trip to Spain´s Rodellar last summer.Another climber who has regained top form is the 46 year old former French competition star and hard route pioneer, J B Tribout. Having returned to climbing over the last three years he has recently managed to onsight F8a+ and redpoint two routes of F8c. You can view his 8a.nu scorecard HERE and read an interesting interview with him on 8a.nu HERE.Looking for more age related inspiration? Try Age and Tolstoy´s Bicycleon UKC