Tag Archives: Drew Ruana

The Kids Are All Right

Ashima Shiraishi on Power of Silence (V10)

The last few weeks have seen a spate of impressive achievements by pre-teens.  First, 10-year-old Ashima Shiraishi sent Crown of Aragorn (V13) in Hueco Tanks.  Previously, Ashima notched Power of Silence (V10), also at Hueco, when she was only 8.  Although there is no video currently released of her Crown ascent, here’s some footage of her at a competition at age 9.


Another impressive recent ascent of The Aquarium (V12) at Bishop, CA is credited to 11-year-old Mirko Caballero.  In addition to bouldering, Mirko has been crushing it on sport routes too- he sent Fugitive (5.13a) at Jailhouse, CA last year when he was just 10.  You can check out Mirko’s blog here.


We also recently featured 12-year-old Drew Ruana on Vicious Fish (5.13d) at Smith Rock. I’m not sure what to expect next; will this diaper-clad toddler be the next to crack V10?

Another thing I’d like to know- where’s that kid’s spotter?

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Climbing videos from Smith Rock, OR

When I first started climbing, I lived in Boise, ID, and took advantage of the many toprope-able routes at the Black Cliffs outside town.  Once I started gaining skill and strength and learned to lead, my first real climbing road trip was to Smith Rock, about 6 hours to the west.  I’ve made many pilgrimages there since, including my honeymoon.  So, because of my nostalgia for the area, here’s a few videos of climbers’ exploits at Smith.

12-year old(!) Drew Ruana on Vicious Fish (5.13d) at Smith Rock

Micah and Nolan Bishop on Chain Reaction (5.12c), Toxic (5.11b), and Heresy (5.11c).

Tara Reynvaan on Times Up (5.13a/b), a classic from Smith Rock State Park, Oregon.