On Monday Australian wonder-kid, Angie Scarth-Johnson, red-pointed Welcome to Tijuana (5.14b) in Rodellar, Spain. She is now the youngest person to ever climb the grade.
Scarth-Johnson follows in a line of young trail blazers who are sending harder grades at a younger and younger age. At 10 years old, she surpasses Adam Ondra, Brooke Raboutou and Ashima Shiraishi, who all climbed around the grade at age 11.
This is not the first time Scarth-Johnson has set an age-based record. At age 8, she climbed Turkey Slap (5.12c) near her home in Blackheath, Australia. The following year she got up Swingline (5.13d) in the Red River Gorge, and became the youngest person to climb the grade. That same year, she proved she could truly climb the grade when she sent Zona 30 (5.13d) in Margalef, Spain.
During this year’s month-long trip to Spain, she set her sights on some stiffer routes. In addition to Welcome to Tijuana, Scarth-Johnson also sent several climbs in the 5.12 range, a 5.13b and a 5.13c.
Angie Scarth-Johnson climbs Zona 30 (5.13d):