Audrey Sniezek

Age: 42, Years climbing: 22, Hometown: Las Vegas, Favorite product: SOLUTION WOMEN'S


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

I enjoy pushing the difficulty of climbs, which has played out mostly in routes, bouldering, and competitions. I have plugged cams, explored the Alpine, done a big mountain, and crushed some ice.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

I have been wearing La Sportiva climbing shoes since I started climbing in 1992 with the classic stiff, high top boot, the Enduro. I've been an ambassador for them since 2009.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

I want to do one big wall, boulder double digits and summit Mt. Rainier. I've never really been psyched on ice and snow until my ice climbing adventure in China in February of 2013. I also want to keep giving back to communities I frequent by leveraging my climbing and corporate skills. Having an impact and helping improve the lives of others, is really rewarding.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I've climbed 3 - 5.14s, competed in World Cups for bouldering and lead climbing, have a few first ascents (a number of first female ascents as well) and have traveled and climbed around the world.

Do you have any vices?

Baking and wine. I love to bake and I appreciate good wine, but I also like to eat what I make and drink really good wine. Neither is good for the waist or wallet.

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

I have good self-discipline and an abnormal drive for achievement. I believe in aspirations big and small and that determination and dreams get you far in life.

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

The money, obviously. :) Seriously, though, I enjoy the challenge, being in nature and the liberating feeling that comes from pushing myself to my limits and achieving something for myself. I also appreciate that there are many aspects to climbing that keeps the experience feeling fresh. I meet quality climbers from all over the world and I marvel at how climbing can cross cultures and is a culture unto itself; something that can bond people across the globe by one commonality: a passion for climbing.

What is your favorite movie?

I just watched The Departed and loved it. I know that might seem out of date for some, but I don't take the time to watch a lot of movies or TV; I don't even own a TV. Long overseas flights are the best way, I've found, to 'catch up'. I have recently read the book 'The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson. It's a movie, now, too. I really enjoyed both.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Not really.

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

I've gone without sleep lots, but I have never kept track of a longest sleepless stint. I can get some long days in up in the mountains, but thankfully have not had to lose any more sleep than when I got psyched on something I was doing or had to plug away at a project with a deadline looming. :)

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

Nevada. I love the sun, the desert and the vast opportunities for climbing.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Homemade tomato soup and toasted cheese bread and a homemade chocolate chip cookie. Perfect comfort food for these cold winter days.

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

I'd probably fry the monitor with sensory overload on all fronts!

What really scares you about climbing?

All types of climbing have some element of risk to it. Even if I understand all of the potential risks and use good judgment Nature has a mind of its own and elements out of my control, scare me. Also, bad belayers.

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

Audrey the Explorer

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


Have no food or have no gasoline?

If it means I can be stuck in an amazing climbing location, I'll take the food. Otherwise, no food, I'd rather be on the move.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

I try not to think about my feet, but I've come to enjoy the occasional pedicure. My current favorite nail polish color is blue.