If Dru is at the crag, it’s impossible not to get caught up in his unending psyche for climbing. In the Red, “drumacksiked” has become a synonym for the motivation you find when you realize a project is possible, or when you can’t believe you’re lucky enough to be outside on such an amazing day. Wherever he goes, send or not, he gathers new friends and leaves everyone “drumacksiked”!
He quickly became an integral part of the tight knit community at the Red, and is a familiar happy face at not only the crag, but at events, comps, and fundraisers.
After climbing his first 5.13 in 2012, Dru jumped on the fast track, fueled by his love for all things climbing, and within 2 years had completed 5.14s both at his home crag and while on the road. When the time comes to go back to school and begin a career, he has plans to become an Elementary School Teacher.
Dru draws his psyche and motivation from the inspiring people in the climbing community. If someone is having fun or trying hard it encourages him to continue doing the same. Some people who Dru finds particularly inspiring are Lee Smith, the man who taught him how to climb and continues to teach him about training and life, and Rannveig Aamodt, a pro climber from Norway, who has an incredible story of recovery from a bad climbing accident. She is someone who is kind and caring, and very passionate about her climbing. Dru is constantly trying to pay forward the inspiration they’ve given to him.
Number one song played on your ipod? Control- Kendrick Lamar
What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever received? Kris “Odub” Hampton took me to see my favorite musician Nas in concert. It was a gift for my 20th birthday. Nas performed his debut and classic album “illmatic” that he made and released when he was also 20 years old.
Where’s Waldo? Waldo is in the woods, climbing a rock.