Thirteen-year-old Stefan Lavender Sends 5.13d and more in Ten Sleep, Wyoming

posted by dpm on 06/16/2011

Thirteen-year-old Stefan Lavender climbs well both indoors and out.  As a member of Boulder’s Team ABC, he recently took 1st place at SCS Regionals at Stone Age Climbing (Albuquerque, NM) and 2nd place at SCS Divisionals at Movement (Boulder, CO) in the Youth B Boys category.  Outdoors he did his first 13a only two years ago, his first 13b the year after that, and his first 13c just this past February.  Then last week he visited Ten Sleep, Wyoming, and upped the ante a bit.


Stefan Lavender in first place at SCS Regionals 2011.  Photo by Robyn Erbesfield

Over the course of six days (five climbing, one rest) Stefan managed to quickly climb five 5.13's including his first 5.13d, The Incredible Horse Cock and two more 5.13c's with The Hellion and Burden of My Member.  He also did the first ascent of Shaker, a sporty 13b that had been bolted by Ten Sleep local Mike Snyder. 


 Stefan on EKV, 12c, in Ten Sleep Canyon)

Stefan’s 2011 Five Day Ten Sleep Ticklist:
Burden of Immortality 13a
Shaker 13b (2nd go, and first free ascent)
Burden of My Member 13c
Hellion 13c (2nd go)
The Incredible Horse Cock 13d (2nd go)



Stefan on Animal, V10, Clear Creek Canyon, CO.  Photo by Dallas Milburn

Stefan has climbed 9 other routes 13a and harder since the beginning of this year, and in April he bouldered his first V10 (Animal, in Clear Creek Canyon) and V11 (Hardboiled, Boulder Canyon).
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-Jackie Hueftle