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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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Brooke Raboutou climbs Jade 8B+.   © Finn Stack
Brooke Raboutou climbs Jade 8B+.   © Finn Stack

News 8B+ by Brooke Raboutou, 8C+ by Drew Ruana in RMNP

Brooke Raboutou (19) has added to her impressive run of form in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado by ticking Jade 8B+, while her USA Climbing teammate Drew Ruana (21) climbed Creature From the Black Lagoon 8C+, also in RMNP.

Drew Ruana on the Grand Illusion 8C+  © mellow
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

Overcast, breezy and cool autumn weather on Dartmoor - ideal conditions for the Gamma SL Hoody  © Dan Bailey

Arc'teryx Gamma SL Hoody

Its active cut, minimalist design, and light-but-tough fabric make the Gamma SL Hoody a bit of a winner if you're after a lightweight and versatile softshell for walking and general outdoor use in less challenging conditions, says Pegs Bailey.

Arc'teryx Creston Pant for hillwalking  © UKC Gear
Arc'teryx Creston Pant for hillwalking  © UKC Gear

Arc'teryx Creston Pant

Arc'teryx Creston Pants are light trousers, pitched at those after warm-weather, breathable legwear with a bit of stretch. Alan James takes them out for a bit of walking and a bit of climbing.

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

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...

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...

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,...


Latest News from Drew's Sponsors

Announcements direct from manufacturers

Alpha SV 3x2  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket

The updated Alpha SV: strong gets stronger. In 1998, when Arc'teryx stepped into outerwear with the Alpha SV Jacket, it transformed the outdoor industry.

Mastia  © Tenaya
Mastia  © Tenaya

Tenaya Mastia

When we conceived the new Mastia we wanted not only to create an aggressively curved shoe that delivered maximum power for standing on tiny holds, but also one which provided unrivalled responsiveness in all situations. More powerful, more responsive, this is the essence...

Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx
Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody

 Atom LT Hoody - An icon evolves. Steeped in the alpine, this versatile hoody has warmed climbers, hikers, backcountry skiers and downtown commuters for over a decade.

Nuclei FL Action 2  © Arc'teryx
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...

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...

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...

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...


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