posted by dpm on 04/20/2012
Twelve-year-old Drew Ruana has added his name to the rapidly growing number of youngsters to climb 5.14. A few days ago he ticked off God’s Own Stone (5.14a) at the Red River Gorge. This comes shortly after ascents by Brook Raboutou (age 10) and Cameron Hörst (age 11). It’s been just shy of two months since Drew ticked his first 5.13d with Vicious Fish at Smith Rock, Oregon. Here’s a nice video profile of Drew with footage from Vicious Fish and City Park Crack (5.13+). Click the image for video.
Update: Mirko Caballero, age 11, of Los Gatos, California has sent God's Own Stone as well. Apparently word is out among the youngsters that 5.14 is the new 5.12. Before his trip to the Red, his previous hardest redpoint was Fugitive (5.13a) at Jailhouse near Sonora, California which he completed last June. Mirko recently traveled to the Red where he quickly onsighted his first 5.13 with the endurance route 40 Ounces of Justice in the massive Madness Cave. Having never climbed harder than 5.13a he sent Golden Boy (5.13b) at the Gold Coast then skipped the 5.13c and d grades to tick off his first 5.14 on the same wall.
Note to 11-year-olds: Last June it was still newsworthy to report 5.13a ascents by your age group. Those days are over. When four ascents of God's Own Stone by the 11 and under crowd happen in 3 weeks the shock value to our audience is lost. Please pick a new 5.14, preferably one that is 5.14b...or c or d. Keep up the good work little crushers!