Hadlie Brechler is a 4-year-old rock climber. That’s not something you hear every day – or ever. But with the help of her parents, Brechler attempts hair-raising climbs that her very outdoorsy mom and dad share on Instagram, making Brechler not only an accomplished climber but also a social media celebrity. Her mom, Morgan Brechler, has nearly 110,000 followers on Instagram.
Hadlie, who lives in Arizona with her mother and father, learned to climb when she was just 1 year old, according to Good Morning America. "I leaned up a sheet of plywood against the side of our house and put some rock holds on it, and she started climbing," Hadlie’s dad, Jared Marvel, told GMA.
In fact, her parents do almost the exactly opposite of what you might see other moms and dads do at the playground. "I hear parents [say], ‘Slow down! Don’t climb that! Stay out of trees,’" Hadlie’s mom told GMA. "We spot her when she’s climbing and it’s very safe."
Rock climbing, she added, helps Hadlie build confidence. The couple has even created an organization called The Born Wild Project to encourage other parents to introduce their kids to nature.
Hadlie has already explored the Grand Canyon, taken hikes through Hawaii and Mexico, camped under the stars, and climbed canyon walls, according to People magazine.