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Drew Ruana Gets Second Ascent of Colorado V16

The first ascent was by Daniel Woods two years ago

Drew Ruana recently made the second ascent of Box Therapy V16, first climbed by Daniel Woods, at Box Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It took him four sessions, each includes a two-hour uphill approach. His first 5.14d was at the age of 16.

The now-famous boulder was first cleaned by Tommy Caldwell in 2007 on a day out with his father, Mike Caldwell. They scrubbed a tall seam that Tommy made the first ascent of and called Spread Eagle V12.

Woods pieced the sit start together in 2018, it’s the problem that became Box Theraphy. It follows 18 moves up an overhanging wall and is considered one of the hardest problems in America.

Ruana made a rare repeat of Sleepwalker V16 in Red Rocks in January 2020 during an impressive comp year where he nearly qualified for the Olympics. Ruana has said that he’s done with comps for now and will just focus on rock.