Shawn Raboutou

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Quick Info

Nationality: US
Date of birth: 19th April 1998
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 9A
Hardest Boulder (Flash): 8B
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9a+
Notable Partnerships
Giuliano Cameroni

Shawn Raboutou is an extremely strong boulderer from the USA. He's the son of Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou and brother to Brooke Raboutou.

Since his 2018 ascent of Off the Wagon SDS Shawn has continued to cement his reputation by establishing many hard problems at 8C+ and above, including Big Z, Fuck the System and The Story of Three Worlds. More recently he's pushed the highest levels with his ascent of Alphane for which he proposed 9A and Megatron, another 9A.

References

[1] Down and up Karma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ9sCAhRh1M?t=481.

[2] Interview with Magnus Midtbø 2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BiC-ypXGLU

Contributors: remus

Quick Info

Nationality: US
Date of birth: 19th April 1998
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 9A
Hardest Boulder (Flash): 8B
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9a+
Notable Partnerships
Giuliano Cameroni

Shawn Raboutou is an extremely strong boulderer from the USA. He's the son of Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou and brother to Brooke Raboutou.

Since his 2018 ascent of Off the Wagon SDS Shawn has continued to cement his reputation by establishing many hard problems at 8C+ and above, including Big Z, Fuck the System and The Story of Three Worlds. More recently he's pushed the highest levels with his ascent of Alphane for which he proposed 9A and Megatron, another 9A.

References

[1] Down and up Karma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ9sCAhRh1M?t=481.

[2] Interview with Magnus Midtbø 2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BiC-ypXGLU

Contributors: remus

Lists


Pics + Vids

Added at 08:02 on 15 February 2021
Added at 21:12 on 18 December 2022
Devilution (8C+)
Added at 21:04 on 03 April 2024
Box Therapy (8C)
Added at 17:12 on 25 December 2023
Livin' Large (8C)
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Added at 07:02 on 26 February 2024
Trieste Low (9A)
Added at 17:07 on 10 July 2024
What's Up Are You Down? (8B+, FA)
Added at 17:05 on 24 May 2024
Fallen Angel (8C)
Added at 11:11 on 11 November 2021
The Mandala SDS (8B+)
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Added at 18:01 on 22 January 2024
Off the Wagon Low (8C+, FA)
Added at 23:02 on 08 February 2021
Livin' Large (8C)
Added at 17:02 on 12 February 2021
Big Z (8C+, FA)
Added at 07:08 on 21 August 2021
Big Z (8C+, FA)
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Added at 07:08 on 21 August 2021
Spectre (8B)
Added at 06:12 on 16 December 2021
Blade Runner (8C)
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Added at 19:07 on 28 July 2021
Fuck the System (8C+, FA)
Added at 19:02 on 08 February 2023
Child of Hell (8C, FA)
Added at 19:02 on 08 February 2023
Creature from the Black Lagoon (8C+)
Added at 07:03 on 24 March 2021
Fallen Angel (8C)
Added at 11:11 on 11 November 2021
The Finnish Line (8C)
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Added at 08:12 on 07 December 2021
Megatron (9A, FA)
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Added at 17:11 on 15 November 2022
Megatron (9A, FA)
Added at 17:11 on 18 November 2022
Fuck the System (8C+, FA)
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Added at 20:05 on 18 May 2022
The Story of Three Worlds (8C+, FA)
Added at 06:07 on 21 July 2022
Alphane (9A, FA)
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Added at 07:08 on 20 August 2022
Alphane (9A, FA)
Added at 16:08 on 22 August 2022
Insomniac (8C+)
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Added at 05:09 on 09 September 2022
Child of Hell (8C, FA)
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Added at 18:10 on 05 October 2022

Ascents

30 recorded ascents.

This timeline is missing some ascents where the date of the ascent is unknown. Use the other tabs to view these ascents.
Year Climb Grade Style Ascent Date
2010 Welcome to Tijuana 8c Lead | worked 2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016 Spray of Light 8C Boulder | worked Jul 2016
Monkey Wedding 8C Boulder | worked Jul 2016
2017 The Book Club 8B+ Boulder | worked 2017
First ascent.
2018 First Ley 9a+ Lead | worked 2018
The Finnish Line 8C Boulder | worked 22nd Jun 2018
Creature from the Black Lagoon 8C+ Boulder | worked 30th Sep 2018
Off the Wagon Low 8C+ Boulder | worked 27th Oct 2018
First ascent.

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOfpAd0St7Q

Foundations Edge 8C Boulder | worked 19th Nov 2018
2019 Livin' Large 8C Boulder | worked Oct 2019
2020 Big Z 8C+ Boulder | worked 29th Dec 2020
2021 Fuck the System 8C+ Boulder | worked Jul 2021
Blade Runner 8C Boulder | worked Jul 2021
Mystic River 8C Boulder | worked Dec 2021
Second ascent.

The same day as Giuliano Cameroni made the first ascent.

2022 Megatron 9A Boulder | worked 2022
First ascent.

Shawn started trying the problem in autumn of 2021 but was not able to climb the problem:

It was a really good season so I was able to try it all the way to mid/end December. My season came to an end, my body was starting to fall apart. My whole right arm would just go numb after a try. It was really bad! [4]

He then came back after climbing Alphane in April 2022 to try the line again.

It didn't feel like a good day, I didn't feel like I was going to do it. This one try, I just fucking kept going, I don't know what happened. [4]

The ascent was kept under wraps for a long time. Climbing.com:

While Raboutou was willing to comment on Alphane, he wasn’t ready to disclose what else he’s done that we should know about. Though unverified by Climbing, rumors circulate that Raboutou has also sent the Megatron project, in Colorado, another presumed V17. When asked about it, he simply replied, “I have another cool video coming out soon.” [2]

References

[1] https://www.8a.nu/news/shawns-9as-rumours-qpmk1

[2] https://www.climbing.com/news/shawn-raboutou-alphane-v17/

[3] https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck_SnuhDXC8/

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_MniTA8MYU

The Story of Three Worlds 8C+ Boulder | worked 2022
First ascent.

Shawn climbed the line twice in a row as he dabbed the tree on his first time around.

https://youtu.be/oa0bXWl2RBs

Child of Hell 8C Boulder | worked 2022
Alphane 9A Boulder | worked 6th Apr 2022
First ascent. Around 25 sessions.

I would fall on the last move twice a day—I only had two tries per day—and I did that for 10 days…. It’s so long, and I had to be fresh to be able to do the last two moves. So I was trying every other day. [But] it wasn’t too stressful because I like to project. … I didn’t feel like I had to climb it, I was more just enjoying it. [3]

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/ChczmRCDDdi/

[2] https://youtu.be/Rx6GPpO37C4?t=2564

[3] https://www.climbing.com/news/shawn-raboutou-alphane-v17/

Insomniac 8C+ Boulder | worked Sep 2022
2023 Box Therapy 8C Boulder | worked Between 7th Oct 2023 and 8th Oct 2023

Back-to-back family ascent with Brooke Raboutou.

References

[1] https://youtu.be/BSvx7_-gPiA?si=SQa43wnrsX3-akQl

2024 Devilution 8C+ Boulder | worked Between 1st Jan 2024 and 3rd Apr 2024
Second ascent.

References

[1] https://youtu.be/YafSnTSMOKY?

Kangaroo's Limb 9a+ Lead | worked 2024
What's Up Are You Down? 8B+ Boulder | worked Before 1st Jun 2024
First ascent.

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leT2Q13WLIk

Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
First Ley 9a+ Lead | worked 2018
Kangaroo's Limb 9a+ Lead | worked 2024
Welcome to Tijuana 8c Lead | worked 2010
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Megatron 9A Boulder | worked 2022
First ascent.

Shawn started trying the problem in autumn of 2021 but was not able to climb the problem:

It was a really good season so I was able to try it all the way to mid/end December. My season came to an end, my body was starting to fall apart. My whole right arm would just go numb after a try. It was really bad! [4]

He then came back after climbing Alphane in April 2022 to try the line again.

It didn't feel like a good day, I didn't feel like I was going to do it. This one try, I just fucking kept going, I don't know what happened. [4]

The ascent was kept under wraps for a long time. Climbing.com:

While Raboutou was willing to comment on Alphane, he wasn’t ready to disclose what else he’s done that we should know about. Though unverified by Climbing, rumors circulate that Raboutou has also sent the Megatron project, in Colorado, another presumed V17. When asked about it, he simply replied, “I have another cool video coming out soon.” [2]

References

[1] https://www.8a.nu/news/shawns-9as-rumours-qpmk1

[2] https://www.climbing.com/news/shawn-raboutou-alphane-v17/

[3] https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck_SnuhDXC8/

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_MniTA8MYU

Alphane 9A Boulder | worked 6th Apr 2022 9A
First ascent. Around 25 sessions.

I would fall on the last move twice a day—I only had two tries per day—and I did that for 10 days…. It’s so long, and I had to be fresh to be able to do the last two moves. So I was trying every other day. [But] it wasn’t too stressful because I like to project. … I didn’t feel like I had to climb it, I was more just enjoying it. [3]

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/ChczmRCDDdi/

[2] https://youtu.be/Rx6GPpO37C4?t=2564

[3] https://www.climbing.com/news/shawn-raboutou-alphane-v17/

Trieste Low 9A (approx) Boulder | did not finish
Off the Wagon Low 8C+ Boulder | worked 27th Oct 2018 8C+
First ascent.

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOfpAd0St7Q

Big Z 8C+ Boulder | worked 29th Dec 2020 8C+
Fuck the System 8C+ Boulder | worked Jul 2021
The Story of Three Worlds 8C+ Boulder | worked 2022
First ascent.

Shawn climbed the line twice in a row as he dabbed the tree on his first time around.

https://youtu.be/oa0bXWl2RBs

Creature from the Black Lagoon 8C+ Boulder | worked 30th Sep 2018
Insomniac 8C+ Boulder | worked Sep 2022
Devilution 8C+ Boulder | worked Between 1st Jan 2024 and 3rd Apr 2024
Second ascent.

References

[1] https://youtu.be/YafSnTSMOKY?

Child of Hell 8C Boulder | worked 2022
Roadkill 8C Boulder | worked 8C
First ascent.
Spray of Light 8C Boulder | worked Jul 2016
Monkey Wedding 8C Boulder | worked Jul 2016
The Finnish Line 8C Boulder | worked 22nd Jun 2018 8C
Foundations Edge 8C Boulder | worked 19th Nov 2018
Livin' Large 8C Boulder | worked Oct 2019 8C+
Blade Runner 8C Boulder | worked Jul 2021
Mystic River 8C Boulder | worked Dec 2021
Second ascent.

The same day as Giuliano Cameroni made the first ascent.

Box Therapy 8C Boulder | worked Between 7th Oct 2023 and 8th Oct 2023

Back-to-back family ascent with Brooke Raboutou.

References

[1] https://youtu.be/BSvx7_-gPiA?si=SQa43wnrsX3-akQl

Fallen Angel 8C Boulder | worked
Second ascent.

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZMXRRFLNXk

The Book Club 8B+ Boulder | worked 2017
First ascent.
What's Up Are You Down? 8B+ Boulder | worked Before 1st Jun 2024
First ascent.

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leT2Q13WLIk

Fight Club 8B+ Boulder | worked
First ascent.
Reverse Cowgirl 8B+ Boulder | worked
First ascent.
The Mandala SDS 8B+ Boulder | worked
Spectre 8B Boulder | flash
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade