8b+ for Ziheng Qiu at age 9
From China the youngest person ever on the grade20 January 2022
Ziheng Qiu, the child prodigy directly from China.
If sport were purely a question of numbers, China would be the absolute ruler of every discipline. With 1.4 trillion people, any law of large numbers could find its confirmation. Yet, apart from rare cases such as the excellent Pan Yufei, China seems to be struggling to emerge in climbing. However, things could change soon ...
The new rising star of the Chinese ascent is called Ziheng Qiu and is just 9 years old. The photos that are found are the classics of a girl climbing: helmet, slender build and the inevitable large shoes. This wren, however, takes things seriously and, thanks to his ChinClimb ascent at Yangshuo, is the youngest person in history to climb a route graded 8b+. His coach announces this on the social channels of Rockabond, the business he owns.
From Rockabond’s IG page