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.


Previous Comments

Way to go Francisco!! On the other hand Epic TV needs to learn about a little thing we in the biz call "pacing". Too slow, to feel this great accomplishment. I needed a cup of coffee half way through. Can you even Epic in super slo mo!

Jimbo - 04/18/2014 8:38:30

What an inspiration you are Francisco! I love your philosophy. I'm training to climb my first 5.14 at 53 - You give me hope.

Joe Terravecchia - 04/18/2014 5:39:05

You could have warned us that the first 1:45 of the 5 minute film is useless.

Luke Clamwalker - 04/17/2014 11:31:01

@over25 We could not find a definitive answer to that, so we didn't include it in the article, but it sounds like he started climbing when he was 44.

Climbing Staff - 04/16/2014 3:44:33

Yeah but when did Fransisco start climbing? At the age of six?

over25 - 04/16/2014 2:26:06