Cameron Hörst, 14, Sends First 5.14b, Raubritter

After four days, nine burns and one five-foot dyno, 14-year-old Cameron Hörst clipped the chains of Raubritter on June 15—sending his first 5.14b.

By Rock and Ice | June 18th, 2015

Cameron Hörst sticks the final five-foot, four-points-off jump move. [Photo: Hörst Collection]After three days, nine burns and one five-foot dyno, 14-year-old Cameron Hörst clipped the chains of Raubritter on June 15—sending his first 5.14b.

Hörst was drawn to the short, powerful route while on a family climbing trip to Germany’s Frankenjura. Raubritter consists of shallow two-finger pockets and tiny crimps, typical of the 25- to 30-foot tall bouldery routes at the steep Eldorado crag.

“The ending move is just insane,” Hörst told Rock and Ice. He said the line was “hard from the first move to the last; you could fail on any one of the 20 or so moves to the top.”

Hörst sent his first 5.14, God’s Own Stone, in the Red Rive Gorge, at the age of 11, and has ticked several other 5.14a’s since, most recently Proper Soul in the New River Gorge.

With nine days left in Germany, Hörst’s new goal is to send a second 5.14 and “make quick ascents of more classic 5.13s.” He has already onsighted Hitch-Hike the Plane (5.13a), flashed Die Zwei Muskeltiere (5.13b) and sent Plan B (5.13d) on this trip.

During the trip, his 12-year-old younger brother, Jonathan, also onsighted Hitch-Hike the Plane and ticked two 5.13ds.

After returning home to Pennsylvania for a two-week break, the Hörst family will travel to Wild Iris and Ten Sleep in Wyoming to climb for several weeks before Cameron begins pre-season training for football mid-August—he is the quarterback on his 9th grade team.

Cameron Hörst sending Raubritter:

Cameron Hörst sending Raubritter (5.14b/8c) from Training4Climbing on Vimeo.

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