Last weekend 12-year-old Drew Ruana took his climbing to the next level by repeating Vicious Fish (5.13d) at Smith Rock, OR. The route description on Mountain Project sounds nightmarish for the small statured:
This is the ultimate prize on the Churning Buttress. Each winter hardmen flock to this site in search of ‘good’ (read: frigid) conditions for the redpoint. This is another great example of a route without holds. Sure, there are holds in spots, but in the business, you’re basically slapping and sloping on pitiful ripples.
Drew Ruana on Vicious Fish – Photos by Ryan Palo
Ruana has been climbing since he was 3 but only started climbing seriously the past 3 years or so. This ascent builds on previous notable sends by Ruana at Smith Rock including Churning In The Wake (5.13a), Oxygen (5.13b) and Rude Boys (5.13c). Here are a pair of so-so quality videos showing the latter two sends: