Will Mayo

Age: 41, Years climbing: 23, Hometown: Erie, CO, Favorite product: MIURA VS


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


How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?


What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Continue to experience precious moments of clarity, complete presence and satisfaction that come with only just succeeding through a crux onsight.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I am on a first name basis with Dr. Steven R. Hong, Steven A. Damboise, Esq., and Lieutenant Darek Krol.

Do you have any vices?


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

Climbing is my sacred ritual. It is the manner in which I find meaning in and make sense of the cosmos. It may sound goofy; but, it's the best way I can describe it.

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

I can't explain it. I was born this way. My first memory was of climbing the outside of the field stone chimney on the farmhouse. I can't stop climbing; and, I wouldn't if I could.

What is your favorite movie?

It's a toss up between Roshomon and Do the Right Thing.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Bones. I'm skinny.

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

I often have trouble sleeping. Let's see . . . I once drove straight from Montpelier, VT to Ouray, CO for the Ouray Ice Festival Competition 37 hours straight only stopping for diesel and calls of nature. I was awake for about 40 hours on the first ascent of Idiot Peak in the Alaska Range with Chris Thomas. But, the longest was when I was awake for approximately 60 hours with Maxime Turgeon establishing the McNeil-Nott Memorial Route on the South Face of Mt. Foraker.

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

Colorado; my favorite color is red.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?


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

See pictures. I have a photographic memory.

What really scares you about climbing?

Losing friends.

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

The Concept of Irony

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

Colorado, USA

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gas. Well stocked cooler in the diesel van. All good.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

With shoes like these?! Inconceivable.