Olivia Race

Age: 33, Years climbing: 10, Hometown: Leavenworth, WA, Favorite product: TC PRO


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

All of the above. Being a guide requires one to be a "Jack of all trades." The possible exception to this is bouldering but living in Leavenworth it seems silly to ignore the high quality boulders scattered about everywhere. Bouldering makes up for the lack of a gym in our little faux Bavarian Village.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

2 years.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

I don't have specific projects. Rather a desire to continue to push myself and to take advantage of opportunities to climb with good friends in interesting areas.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I was the 3rd US woman to become a UIAGM mountain guide, although I don't know that this is a claim to fame.

Do you have any vices?

Too much coffee and a penchant for drinking it out of a ceramic mug as the base of the crag.

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

The desire to find the right balance between climbing and the real world.

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

Climbing is a great way to explore the world and allows me to lead a balanced and physical life. Climbing could almost be seen as a religious experience, it can provide perspective in a big way, reminding you of just how small you are.

What is your favorite movie?

Welcome to Woop Woop

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

O, it is easier to say than Olivia I guess..

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

36 hours - college all-nighter. I am not very good at going without sleep. The hardest part of alpine climbing for me is the getting up in the dark. That's one of my favorite things about climbing in Alaska - you never have to get up in the dark!

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


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Nothing - too much work.

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

Pictures - for sure.

What really scares you about climbing?

The fact that one small mistake or oversight can be catastrophic. Check & double check!

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

Yo no se.

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

1/3 of the year in Leavenworth, 1/3 of the year in Moab and the remaining 1/3 in the Alps.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No Gasoline!

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

What and loose the Bunions?