Jul 20, 2010 3:53 PM by Jordan Mason

12-year old rock climber wants to climb to new heights

You can call her Spider-Woman. Megan Mascarenas can climb just about any angle and just about anything.

"It's usually exciting, but sometimes it's kind of scary if it's high," said Megan.

The 12-year old from Colorado Springs is a national champion in the sport of bouldering.

"Bouldering is a form of rock climbing, it's just you climb up and don't go as high," said Megan.

Oh yeah, and there's no rope in bouldering.

"You've got to find the little cracks and stuff that you can stick your fingers in," said Megan, "and even the big stuff that you can hold onto and hang on. And your feet are really important. You have to find good places to put your feet."

Megan also rock climbs (sports climbs). That's higher, with a rope. She hopes to be one of the world's top climbers some day.

"You have to set new goals and then you always have to reach them," said Megan. "Then, when you reach that goal, you set a new goal. It goes in a circle."

And as Megan goes in a circle, or triangle, or just about any shape imaginable, she only has one more thing to say.

"That climb was rad."

Megan is part of the U.S. National Bouldering Team and a two-time Bouldering Junior National Champion. She will be competing at the upcoming Pan-Am games in Ecuador.



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