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Drew Ruana


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Drew was born in Washington, USA, in 1999. His father and mother were both climbers and it was natural for Drew to enter the sport at a very young age. Growing up in an environment split between indoor gyms and natural rock, Drew developed a passion for everything from multi-pitch climbing to competitions. A pivotal moment in his career came with his ascent of ‘Just do It’ (the first 5.14c/8c+ in the USA) when just 15 years of age. 

Recently, Drew has been ticking his way through some of the hardest boulders in the US, including Sleepwalker and Box Therapy.

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Drew Ruana on the Grand Illusion 8C+  © mellow

The Ticklist #3 - Font 8C+ Video, Scary DWS and a WideBoy on Silence

In this week's Ticklist, we have a video of one of the world's hardest boulder problems, a repeat of a scary looking E8 and a WideBoy cracking on with Ondra's hardest route. Let's get to it:

Brooke Raboutou on Wheel of Chaos 8B/+  © Alex Puccio
Brooke Raboutou on Wheel of Chaos 8B/+  © Alex Puccio

The Ticklist #1 - Ascents from around the world

We're starting a weekly summary of noteworthy ascents from around the globe. It's been an unusual summer for rock climbing with countries in different stages of lockdown. Despite this, there have been some impressive ascents, most notably from...

Drew Ruana on Box Therapy (Font 8C+)  © Drew Ruana Collection
Drew Ruana on Box Therapy (Font 8C+)  © Drew Ruana Collection

News Drew Ruana climbs Box Therapy (Font 8C+) in RMNP

American climber Drew Ruana has made the second ascent of Daniel Woods' Box Therapy (Font 8C+) – a low start to Spread Eagle (8A) – at Box Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.


Latest Reviews for Drew's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

On open moorland you're alright providing it hasn't rained too much - otherwise things get slippy!  © UKC Gear

Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2

The follow-up to the original Norvan, the Norvan LD is pitched as being both lighter and more durable. It is designed with long distance trails in mind, but does it live up to this claim? Rob Greenwood thinks it's actually better suited to shor...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough technical jackets from 12 leading manufacturers.

Theo's loving his jacket  © Mike Hutton
Theo's loving his jacket  © Mike Hutton

Arc'teryx Proton LT Hoody

A breathable lightweight synthetic jacket designed for active use, we've found the Proton LT equally handy both as a winter mountain midlayer and as a stand-alone outer for cool days at the crag.

You can see the flexion in the forefoot  © UKC Gear
You can see the flexion in the forefoot  © UKC Gear

Tenaya Mundaka

The Mundaka is an extremely soft rock shoe designed to give a close, glove-like fit. They are so soft that they prompt Theo Moore to ask the...

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot,...

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test...

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean?...


Latest News from Drew's Sponsors

Announcements direct from manufacturers

Nuclei FL Action 2  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Nuclei FL Jacket

Back by popular demand after a three-year hiatus, the Nuclei FL Jacket returns to provide warmth. Made with best in class materials to deliver the greatest possible warmth-to-weight ratio that synthetic insulation has to offer.

ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Clothing

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below is a roundup...

Proton LT Action  © Arc'teryx
Proton LT Action  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Proton LT Hoody

The Proton LT Hoody is equipped with a breathable insulation package to manage the dynamic needs of mountain pursuits and perform as a self-regulating mid layer for a variety of high output activities.

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...

Oriel Leggings Pocket  © Arc'teryx
Oriel Leggings Pocket  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Oriel Leggings

This is tough love. The Oriel Legging is tough enough for rock climbing and comfortable for everyday use. Constructed with a highly...

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the...

The Sticklebarn hayloft set up for a talk  © Jenny Jones Photography
The Sticklebarn hayloft set up for a talk  © Jenny Jones Photography

Raven's Pit, Sticklebarn - Langdale on Friday 3rd May

The National Trust's Sticklebarn pub in the Langdale Valley will be hosting a night of film, ale and...


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