13-Year-Old Drew Ruana Climbs To Bolt or Not to Be (5.14a)

Next-generation crusher Drew Ruana has climbed the iconic To Bolt or Not to Be (5.14a) at Smith Rock, Oregon.

By Rock and Ice | April 18th, 2013

Drew Ruana after sending <em>To Bolt or Not to Be</em> (5.14a) in Smith Rock, Oregon. Photo by Christine Ruana via Facebook. ” />Next-generation crusher Drew Ruana has climbed the iconic <em>To Bolt or Not to Be </em>(5.14a) at Smith Rock, Oregon. Ruana’s father Rudy reports via Facebook that the send was totally unexpected. </p>
<p>“It was supposed to be a work session. Ian Yurdin encouraged him up…talking him up to the next ‘good’ hold.”</p>
<p>At just 13-years-old, Ruana’s rock-climbing progression is astonishing. He has been on a sending spree lately, ticking off one Smith Rock testpiece after another. Prior to climbing <em>To Bolt</em>, Ruana had managed to send the Smith Rock classics <em>Scarface</em>, <em>Chemical Ali</em>, and <em>Mr. Yuk</em>, all of which hold the 5.14a grade.</p>
<p><span style=Ruana broke into the coveted 5.14a realm last April with a send of God’s Own Stone in the Red River Gorge. To Bolt or Not to Be is his fifth 5.14a.

 

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