At Just 16 This Smith Rock Climber is One to Watch

Drew Ruana is not one to brag about his accomplishments. Humbled by others, he barely acknowledges his recent feat of being the first to climb the hardest route at Smith Rock State Park, The Assassin.

Drew Ruana on Assassin link up at Smith Rock State Park
Drew Ruana on the Assassin link up at Smith Rock State Park, photo courtesy of Drew Ruana

Soft spoken and radiating his love for the sport that has captivated him for 13 of his 16 years, Drew is a breath of fresh air in this era of self-importance.

His mantra? “Don’t be afraid to go in for something that’s way over your head…it’ll come together eventually.”

Take 4 minutes and get to know more about this rising star of the world rock climbing scene featuring his own Instagram videos and early footage. We were glad we did.

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