Climbing at the age of 8 in the New York City neighborhood of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, Luce Douady, a 13-year-old from Staten Island, is the youngest person to make the grade at both the 8th grade and 10-grade levels.
In 2018, Douady’s father, George Douady Sr., and his wife, Michelle, both made the grade, while the Douads’ daughter, Grace, and their 10-year old son, Joshua, also made the cut.
“We’ve been working hard,” George Douader Sr. said.
“I’ve been doing the hard work.
I’m not just doing the work.
We’re working together, so I’m doing the harder work.”
“I really don’t want to be the only one doing it,” Luce told ET in an exclusive interview.
“The hardest part is just doing it alone, so we can’t let each other down.”
George Douads said the family is very proud of the work they’ve done.
“You don’t think about what it takes to climb the wall, you just do it.
It’s just an amazing feeling,” George said.
George Douaders said they have been climbing for a year, which includes an 8-hour climb on the 9th grade with his son and daughter.
He said it was difficult to keep pace with the others because the wall is not the same as the other grade, but that the climb was rewarding.
George said his family and their friends have been doing it for 20 years, but the younger generation is starting to push harder.
“For the kids, climbing at that age is really important because it’s an opportunity for them to learn about the earth and about life, the universe, all these things,” George explained.
“Grace and Joshua have really taken over the gym,” he said. “
The family said that the first grade is a big milestone for them because it is the first time they have climbed the 9-grade, and they are excited to climb another grade in the coming year. “
Grace and Joshua have really taken over the gym,” he said.
The family said that the first grade is a big milestone for them because it is the first time they have climbed the 9-grade, and they are excited to climb another grade in the coming year.
“This is an incredible time for the family,” George, Sr. explained.
George and Michelle Douady said they decided to take a break from climbing because they felt it was too stressful to climb every day.
“As a family, we just felt we needed a break and we needed to let go of the daily grind, so it was a nice time to rest and relax,” George Sr. added.
George, Michelle and their children said the new generation is getting a lot more help.
“They’re starting to be more confident and they’re getting a good grade,” George Jr. said of the Douadys’ younger siblings.
The Douads plan to start the next grade on the 10-degree route on the 11th grade.
“There’s nothing worse than climbing a grade where there’s no grade at all,” George D. said, referring to the 10th-grade.
“Everybody gets a good day here, everybody gets a great day here.
The only thing you can really do is stay on the wall and do what you’re doing.”