12/31/13 - When 9-year-old Australian girl Angie Scarth-Johnson redpointed Swingline at the Red River Gorge in November, she became the youngest person ever to climb 5.13d. Scarth-Johnson sent a couple of other 5.13 routes during her short trip to the Red. After leaving Kentucky, she visited Hueco Tanks, Texas, where she did her first V9, Kim With a Bathtub in Her Head, on East Mountain.
Scarth-Johnson has only been climbing for two and a half years. Standing just a little over four feet tall, she often has to find and use tiny holds in between the chalked grips.
Photographer Simon Carter, publisher of the World Climbing Calendar, and his wife, Monique Forestier, just did an excellent interview with Angie and her non-climbing parents at their home in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Click here to read the interview and see photos of Angie climbing near home.
Below is footage of the 9-year-old sending Golden Boy (5.13b) in the Red in November.