Dru Mack is psyched.
A long-time staple in the Red River Gorge climbing community, Dru is now making waves throughout the climbing world thanks to some difficult sends and an easy going yet fully-stoked attitude.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, young Dru started climbing with some of his dad’s friends when he was 12 years old. Immediately hooked on the sport, the young climber became a fixture in the backwoods hollers of the Red River Gorge.
Fueled by skittles and psych, Dru made countless weekend and summer trips to the Red from a young age. Through middle school and high school he climbed as much as he possibly could—running pizzas at Miguels to make money and hitching rides every few weeks to and from Louisville.
Unlike many kids who seem to jump from goofing off at the gym to flashing your project, Dru progressed steadily through the grades outside. He didn’t survive his beginner phase unscathed. In fact one of his proudest accomplishments is completing Return of Chris Snyder, 5.11d, at the age of 15. This route sent him to the hospital after he took a groundfall that knocked him unconscious. Luckily, he has some phenomenal mentors (we’re looking at you, Lee) who helped him grow as a climber and a person.
By the time Dru finished high school, he had become a proficient climber—redpointing 5.13a. Newly freed from balancing school and sport, he poured himself into climbing. It was an easy choice for him as he always follows his passion.
Dru landed his first sponsorship, with Evolv, after dispatching Omaha Beach, a classic 5.14a in the Red River Gorge. This support allowed him to take trips beyond his home in Kentucky. A climber through and through, Dru loves to travel, get outside, and try hard. Professional climbing is his avenue to that lifestyle.
Fast forward a few years: Dru is steadily evolving as a climber. He’s amassed an impressive ticklist, from V13 boulder problems in Hueco Tanks to difficult 5.14s throughout the U.S and Spain, and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s exciting to see what he’ll do from here.
Beyond his personal climbing achievements, Dru is a wonderful ambassador for the sport. He handles both his successes and his failures with grace and is genuinely excited about other climbers’ accomplishments— no matter the grade. Grateful for the help he’s received from so many people throughout the years, Dru is now paying it forward…with psyche!