Wednesday May 04, 2022

Dru Mack

Elite climber Dru Mack shares his struggles and breakthroughs in Training, Nutrition, Tactics, and Mental Game. 


Dru Mack is a master of endurance, perseverance, and psych. He grew up climbing on the long overhung sandstone routes of the Red River Gorge, and after sending pretty much everything there, he’s now tackling some of the toughest sport climbs in the western US and in Spain. How good is he? Well, in 2021, Dru put down 21 5.14s, including the insanely hard 14d, Life of Villains. He’s an incredibly hard working, gracious, and very cool person who shares actionable beta for pros to weekend warriors, and then opens up about mental health, addiction, mentorship, and grief. If you're a human, you will gain a lot from this conversation. 


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Struggle: 0:05:17

Training: 0:7:46

Nutrition: 0:16:46

Tactics: 0:20:26

Mental Game: 0:26:15

Purpose: 0:29:34

Takeaways: 0:42:08


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