Youngest Ever to Climb 5.14d Is This Ripped 12-Year-Old

Objectively speaking, young people are the future. This pre-teen climber just so happens to be living there already.

Climbing 5.14 is pretty hard. Watch someone do it, and the reasons why quickly become obvious. Steep cliffs, small holds far apart; it’s pretty academic.

Some people spend their lives trying to do it, and some never get there. But one climber got the job done before his 13th birthday.

Gianluca Vighetti clipped the chains on “Un Vento Nuovo” (9a/5.14d) last September and became the youngest person ever to climb the grade. Learn how he did it (beyond simply using his preternaturally shredded shoulders and lats, plus impeccable technique) with EpicTV.

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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