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TBP 113 :: How Dru Mack Is So Dang Good at Endurance Climbing 2018-09-19T12:20:52+00:00

Project Description

Date: September 12th, 2018

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About Dru Mack

Dru Mack is a 23-year-old sponsored climber from Louisville, Kentucky. I met Dru Mack a bunch of years ago at the Red River Gorge, his stomping grounds. He’s a super friendly guy whose humility makes him easy to be around. His constant psych level for climbing extends to everyone around him, and he’s happy for all of our climbing successes, no matter what they are. As for his own climbing successes, he’s climbed up to 5.14c (and V12), often on long endurance-y climbs like Southern Smoke (5.14c) in the Red and Fish Eye (8c / 5.14b) in Oliana, Spain. He’s a sponsored climber known for his endurance abilities, and that’s what I wanted to talk to him about in this interview.

Dru Mack Interview Details

  • How his climbing abilities have improved over the years
  • His successful trip to Rifle this year – lots of volume
  • Why he loves the Psicocomp and the climbing community
  • How he successfully trained power endurance and endurance this year
  • Circuits, ARC-ing, 4×4’s: how he incorporates them into his training
  • Why he doesn’t use a fingerboard
  • How he knows he’s trying really hard, and why that’s important
  • How his changed diet has improved his training and climbing
  • Goals for the fall

Dru Mack Links 

Home | Dru Mack and the Red River Gorge

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Photo Credit


Matt Pincus photo of Dru on Zulu (5.14a) in Rifle Mountain Park, Colorado


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  1. Maja September 19, 2018 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    I was waiting for you to tell Dru that he should be following your podcast, golden opportunity for shameless self promotion. He literally told you he wants to know what’s in your head. Epilogue was a good recovery. Hopefully you two can link up and get him his 5.15. Dru is a crusher.

    • Neely Quinn September 20, 2018 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, Maja. I think I’m just really intent on not making the interviews about my opinions/philosophies and just giving my interviewees a platform to speak, but thanks for the encouragement! I’ll keep it in mind.

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