Mark Smiley

Age: 31, Years climbing: 15, Hometown: Van DownByARiver, Favorite product: MIURA


Do you clip bolts, plug cams, stack pads, or crush ice?

I do a little clipping, a lot of plugging, and occasional crushing

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

Just started (2012)

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

To continually push myself to try harder and bigger objectives, in new areas, with friends and loved ones.

Do you have a claim to fame?

In 6th grade I scored the championship winning sudden death penalty kick against our arch rival, Orchard Elementary. Everyone rushed the field, tackled me. Then we ate orange wedges and Capri Sun.

Do you have any vices?

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

What makes you tick as a climber and in the real world?

Seeing new places, overcoming things I thought impossible, and sharing the story with others.

What drives you to climb? The money? The groupies? The fame? What?

Knowing that I will never need to retire (or be able to).

What is your favorite movie?

Last of the Mohicans

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Smiley – when that’s your last name, well, that’s what they call you.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

37 hours. What it took to get the SW Face on Mt Waddington, BC done. After that I set a new PR for longest sleep…16 hrs.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

Mary Land. It would make me tough, right?

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Blueberries, chips and salsa, coke

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

Likely you’d see the solid vertical color bars, and hear that high-pitched annoying tone used at 3:30AM

What really scares you about climbing?

Falling things; snow, ice, rock, or myself

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

Speak Into My Good Eye

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

In my van, just cruisin' around

Have no food or have no gasoline?

I like both in moderation

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

who doesn’t?