World-classic climber playing American football

The eldest Hörst brother is known for his focus, discipline, and power, both as a world-classic climber and successful American football player. As a climber Cameron quickly ascend the grade scale with his first 5.13 redpoint at age 9 and three 5.14a redpoints at age 11. He has since climbed at least seventeen 8b+/14a and harder routes, including two at the grade of 8c/14b. Cameron also enjoys traditional (gear) climbing, including his 2014 lead climb up Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. In 2012, Cameron was awarded Climbing magazine’s Golden Piton for his achievements the previous year, and in 2013—along with brother, Jonathan - Cameron received the “New Kids on the Block” OLGA award by the European climbing magazine CLIMAX.

Birthday: September 13, 2000
Home: Lancaster, PA
Favorite MAXIM rope: Pinnacle Bi-Pattern

“In religion we call it spirits, in science they call it energy, and in the streets they call it vibes. All I'm saying is trust it.”

Cameron Hörst


Get to know Cameron ...

Tell us how and when you got into climbing? 
I got into climbing at a very young age as both of my parents were climbers— I did my first lead climb at age 6, and I redpointed my first 5.14a at age 11. Growing up my father helped build my foundation as a climber by taking our family to many of America’s coolest climbing areas. 

What do you think was the highlight of your climbing career (so far)?
The highlight of my climbing career so far was my family’s first trip to Germany back in summer of 2015. That was the first time I have been climbing outside of the States and I was a great experience in terms of growing my climbing and being exposed to a whole new culture in terms of life and in regards to climbing

What are you doing when you are not climbing? 
When I am not climbing I am a full-time high school student, and I play American football in the Fall as well. I love being able to be a part of team sports while I can.

Do you have any peculiar eating habits? 
I do not have any abnormal eating habits, but my mother loves to cook and she’s amazing at it so that is a good thing I’d say. But I definitely love ordering out pizza, too!

If you could choose a super power, what would it be?
Read people’s minds.

What was your favorite climbing adventure?
My favorite climbing adventure was climbing Devils Tower in Wyoming for the first time with my family when I was about 9 years old. What made this a memorable experience is just before we got to the top a thunderstorm came forcing us to take cover under this huge boulder leaning against the cliff just a pitch below the summit (until the storm passed). This experience at the time could be considered scary or dangerous, but definitely was an experienced that I would never forget—it’s a great story I still like to tell! 

Career Highlights

Throwing’ the Houlihan

Country/City: Wild Iris / Wyoming
Grade: 5.14s
Length: 50ft

This route, by grade, was not my hardest send, but it is, by far, my most proud ascent to date. I worked on this legendary route a couple days over a two-year period, as I only travel to Wild Iris for a week or two each summer. Why this route is so hard…it’s 50 feet of pure fighting from the first move to clipping the chains, and it include many hard one- and shallow two-finger pocket pulls. What made this route even more special to me is the history of the climb itself, in that it was one of America’s first 5.14s, established by the late, great Todd Skinner. Today, the route is considered hard for its grade…and it’s had only a handful ascents over the past 25 years. I was happy to have my name on the list with all the badass climbers who have sent it.


Country/City: Frankenjura, Germany
Grade: 5.14b
Length: 10 meter

This was my signature send during my trip to Europe two summers ago. It is a short powerful 5.14b with a huge redpoint crux dyno to latch the clipping jug at the anchors. 


Country/City: Red River Gorge / Kentucky
Grade: 5.14b
Lenght: 60 ft

This is a classic short power climb—atypical of the majority of the routes at the Red River Gorge—in that it ascends small razor edges up a slightly overhanding wall. Need a cool, crisp day to send this climb—I got up super early and sent before 9am one morning!

© Eric Hörst


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