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This toddler is able to scale a 7-foot climbing wall

Both of Ellie Farmer’s parents are competitive rock climbers.

CAN YOU REMEMBER what you were doing when you were a toddler?

The answer to that question probably isn’t ‘mastering the rudiments of climbing a vertical rock face’.

Well that is exactly what one 20-month tot  has been doing.

Ellie Farmer has been rock climbing almost all of her short life, having been born to Rachael and Zak Farmer, both enthusiasts of the sport.

Ellie has been attracting attention since this video of her climbing a 7-foot wall was posted online by her parents. She was 19 months when the video was made:

Source: Little Zen Monkey/YouTube

Speaking to NBC News, the child’s mother, Rachael, explained that it was Ellie who first showed enthusiasm for climbing, and that, “she is very focused on foot movement and getting to the top”.

Ellie’s enthusiasm began to shine through once her parents placed a climbing wall into her nursery.

Currently she is too young to wear a harness, and so practices a style of rock climbing called ‘bouldering’. This sees her climbing at low heights, and allows her to fall onto a soft, protected surface to allow her to get used to it.

ellie - 2 Source: Little Zen Monkey via Facebook

The child has been nicknamed ‘Little Zen Monkey’ and it is looking like she might be able to begin climbing with a harness by the time of her second birthday.

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