Final yr, French teen Théo Blass despatched 5.14d at simply 12 years previous, beating the document Adam Ondra set when he was 13. So what’s going to Blass climb subsequent?
Within the newest edit from climbing YouTuber Magnus Midtbø, he travels to France to fulfill the game’s latest rising star.
The pair spent many of the video hanging out collectively at Blass’ native gymnasium, making an attempt out a tough-as-nails boulder downside that Blass set himself. When Blass, 13, takes off his shirt to ship the route, the digicam pans upward to indicate the rising variety of younger women watching him climb.
The visible metaphor is evident: A number of individuals are watching Blass to see what he does subsequent. And that’s hardly stunning, contemplating the younger lion’s resume. In 2020, he climbed 5.14b at simply 10 years previous, then surprised the climbing world once more by sending 5.14d simply 2 years later.
There’s no denying the stress confronted by gifted younger athletes, but Midtbø’s interview with Blass reveals a charmingly self-aware child who merely likes to climb.
He’s additionally a crusher with a world of risk forward of him. Should you comply with climbing, the chances are good you’ll be seeing Blass once more quickly sufficient.
Runtime: 19 minutes