Wonderkids

Heard of Sean McColl from Canada? If you hadn?t yet, then you have now, and you are likely to be hearing a lot more of him in the near future… Sean started climbing three years ago, at the age of 10, and by the time he was 12 he´d already red pointed ?Pulse? (at Cheakamus Canyon, Canada), weighing in at the magical grade of 5.14.a (8b+). Not content with stopping there, Sean?s notorious power and determination has recently seen him firmly stamp his mark on the world scene, by becoming the youngest person ever to climb an 8c. Mike Orr?s route ?Captain America? (5.14.b / 8c) is a link up of two existing routes, also at Cheakamus Canyon. Having already seen four ascents by ?seasoned 5.14 climbers? the route is considered solid at the grade. Although Sean had climbed the two independent lines previously, it is still impressive to note that it took him only four tries, in two days, to send the link up of ?Captain America?. Seans plans for his future encompass both outdoor climbing as well as indoor competitions. He is also proud to have reached Grade 8 on the Piano. Where do you get fingers like that from?! Adam Ondra, from the Czech Republic, also looks on course to turn a few heads over the coming years if he keeps things up at this rate! Having already on sighted half a dozen 7c?s over the past few months, Adam has now added an impressive on sight of ?JSFK? (7c+) at Misja Pec. Climbing at that level would be pretty impressive by anyone?s standards but, amazingly, Adam is still only 9 years old! Not only an on-sight climber, Adam recently red pointed ?Funky shit?, at ?Paklenica?, to join the prestigious group of elite climbers who have climbed the once magical grade of 8a. It looks like a case of watch this space? Thanks to 8a.nu and also to www.sterlingrope.com