Francisco "Novato" Marin Climbs 5.14 at Age 61
It's easy to look at young crushers like Ashima Shiraishi and Mirko Caballero, and lament how much you could've accomplished if you started climbing when you were six. Next time those thoughts enter your head, instead think about Francisco "Novato" Marin. At 61, the Spanish climber is sending 5.14. He climbed his first 5.13b at age 52, his first 5.13d at 54, and his first 5.14 at 58. He's nearly keeping up with his son, pro climber Edu Marin, who has climbed several 5.15s. So don't be jealous of the youngsters. Think about how many years you still have before you turn 61, like Marin.