Climbing Areas Archives: Smith Rock

To Bolt Or Not To Be (5.14a) By 13-Year-Old Drew Ruana

13-Year-Old Drew Ruana notches his 5th 5.14a with a repeat of To Bolt Or Not To Be (5.14a) in Smith Rock, OR:

Although the grade is the same, what Drew just did is a huge step up in difficulty

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Paige Claassen To Bolt or Not to Be

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Paige Claassen Repeats To Bolt Or Not To Be (5.14a)

Paige Claassen, writing on her blog, after she achieved a longtime goal of repeating To Bolt Or Not To Be (5.14a) in Smith Rock, OR:

This past weekend, I climbed the only route that I’ve cared to complete since I was little. To Bolt was an important milestone for me in many ways. Established in 1986 by Jean-Baptiste Tribout, America’s first 5.14 has held its grade for over 25 years.
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Repeats are somewhat rare, given the route’s staggering presence and accessibility in perhaps the nation’s best maintained State Park.
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But projecting To Bolt means signing up for mental warfare.

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing some video of this route.

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Another 5.14 For Young Drew Ruana

13-year-old Drew Ruana has redpointed another 5.
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14a at Smith Rock, OR, this time repeating Scarface after about 15 tries.  This is already Drew’s 4th 5.14!  Video of the ascent can be seen here.

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13-Year-Old Drew Ruana Climbing Scarface (5.14a)

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Oreganic Vol 3: Ryan Palo Sending Just Do It

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Productive Months For 11-Year-Old Mirko Caballero

11-year-old Mirko Caballero blogs about the past two months which have taken him from the Red River Gorge to Smith Rock to Pinnacles National Monument, a series of trips that saw him redpoint a couple of 5.14s, flash some 5.13s and lay the groundwork for what promises to be a very promising future.
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 I think we’re going to be hearing a lot more about this kid in the coming years…

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