Little kids have some clear advantages when it comes to climbing: They have excellent strength-to-weight ratios, their tiny fingers can grab even the most invisible holds, and they’re much cuter than us grizzly, full-size climbers. Here are some adorable kid crushers climbing their way to social media stardom, submitted by our readers.
"Five-year-old Ben climbing Cooper’s Boulder in the Bugaboos."
"My daughter, Manoela, age 3, climbing the first pitch of Ronco do Bugio (5.5) in Pico da Canastra, Brazil. Manoela is now 8 and loves to climb."
"Isaiah, 4, on his first outdoor 5.6 at the Ice Cream Parlor in Moab."
"My niece Jessica on her first climb at age 5 in 1983. She loved it! Sadly, the state of Illinois has since closed up our little crag."
"This is my son, Case, learning to climb in Eldorado Canyon when he was 2. He’s 3 now."
"21-month-old Dylan cranks on a flake in Tuolumne."
"Our son Micah at 18 months, working on his try-hard face as he cruises up a 5.1 toprope route at the Red River Gorge, Kentucky."
"Charlotte Coates samples the rock of Joshua Tree National Park at age 3."
"My 8-year-old, Ella Roseborrough, on her second lead, a 5.8 in Bellus, Spain."