posted by dpm on 03/06/2014
Five Ten press release
Five Ten, the leader in high-friction, technical bike, climbing and outdoor footwear, announces the addition of Mirko Caballero to the Five Ten Elite Team. Mirko will be joining Five Ten's world class athletes such as Dean Potter, JT Holmes, Sasha DiGiulian and Greg Minnaar in representing The Brand of The Brave.
Mirko has been wearing Five Ten shoes since he donned a pair of Mini Moccs at the age of 6. He continued to rely on the brand, and at age 11 was invited to join Five Ten's Youth Team. Now 13, he's the youngest athlete to gain entry to Five Ten's prestigious elite athlete community.
"I can’t remember when I started climbing, but I got serious about it when I was 6 years old," says Mirko. The New Hampshire born climber was raised in California; his parents are from Switzerland and Bolivia. Mirko counts himself lucky as they are eager to travel for climbing; the family has made trips to Céüse, Rodellar, Magic Wood, Smith Rock, Red River Gorge, Yosemite, Bishop, Hueco Tanks, and Red Rock. His current goals are to travel to South Africa or Australia to test his skills. "I would like to become a professional climber," Mirko admits, but first he plans on finishing school, including college. Now he trains three times a week in the gym, and gets outdoors on weekends and vacations.
This year, Caballero won his fourth consecutive ABS Youth National Championship title, but he's proudest of his outdoor achievements. He recently sent his hardest-to-date sport climb in Switzerland, Stop Sika 5.14c (8c), and also ascended two V13's (8B) including Meadowlark Lemon Stand in Red Rock, NV. ”I love all sorts of climbing including indoor competition, bouldering, sport climbing, or trad multi-pitch climbing,” he reports, but his preference is outdoor climbing, with hard boulder problems and sport routes first on his dance card.
"I’m passionate about climbing classics established by famous climbers," says Mirko. His proudest moment is when he climbed the super highball Evilution Direct V11 (8A) in the Bishop, Buttermilks. "I love climbing, every time I’m outdoors climbing on rocks, I feel happy!” he says. “I like to figure out hard sequences, overcome my fears, and just hang out and climb with my friends." When Mirko’s not climbing, you can usually find him at a skate park.
ABOUT FIVE TEN
Five Ten is the world’s leading manufacturer of high friction rubbers and footwear for risk sports. Whether it is rock climbing, mountain biking, extreme hiking or other risk sports like B.A.S.E. jumping, slacklining, parkour, trail running, kayaking or canyoneering, Five Ten is the go-to shoe for the world’s most dangerous sports. Five Ten does business in over 40 countries either directly or through licensees, agents or authorized distributors. See www.fiveten.com for more information.
By Nancy Bouchard