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Drew Ruana holds a 29-second front lever at the 1st Inaugural 2021 Beast Fingers Climbing Combine, in Denver, Colorado.
Unsurprisingly, he took home first place, along with the $800 cash prize.
Ruana has put down multiple V16s, including Box Therapy and Creature from the Black Lagoon, in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, and Sleepwalker, in Red Rocks, Nevada. He’s ticked so many V14s and V15s we’ve lost track. Ruana is currently going to Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, Colorado.
“I have this list of all the V14+ boulders in Colorado, and the main goal is to work through those. So that’s a two-year, maybe three-year, goal.” he told Climbing.
Given his ticklist, it’s unsurprising just how easy Ruana makes an extremely difficult exercise, the front lever, look.
The next Beast Fingers Climbing Combine is planned for Spring 2022. That gives Ruana a year to train to beak the world record, which is currently sitting at 57 seconds.