Audrey Sniezek

Age: 41, Years climbing: 21, Hometown: Las Vegas, Favorite product: TESTAROSSA


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

I am a route climber who primarily enjoys pushing the difficulty of climbs. I have plugged cams, explored the Alpine, stacked some pads, crushed some ice and even dabbled in competition climbing.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

Since 2009, but I have been wearing La Sportiva since I started climbing in 1992. My first shoe was the Enduro.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

I want to do one big wall, boulder double digits and bag a peak. I've recently gotten psyched on Ice Climbing so there may be more of that in my future, too. Last year I wanted to climb 5.14 and I did two 5.14s that year. I also wanted to give back to the community and have a continued effort to help a rural town in Ky get Computer Science as a curriculum in their school. I definitely want to continue to leverage my climbing and corporate skills to enrich the communities I frequent to climb.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I climbed two 5.14s my first year achieving the grade. One of them could be a 5.14b. I've competed in the World Cup for bouldering and sport climbing. I've even had a number of female first ascents. I travel and climb all over the world!

Do you have any vices?

Right now, it's Noosa. Honey, Mango and Strawberry Rhubarb are my top 3 favorites that I can't put down once I start.

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

I have good self discipline and an abnormal drive to aim high for success. I believe in aspirations big or 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, for me, I enjoy the challenge and the multi-faceted nature of the sport. I especially appreciate the quality of most climbers I meet and that 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?

This year it was Django Unchained. Brilliant cinematography, score and script.

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 probably got psyched on something I was doing or had to plug away at a project with a deadline looming, or I was flying overseas trying to force my sleep schedule to shift and unable to sleep on the plane. :)

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

I'll take Nevada because I'm in love with the climbing around here right now, but if I could pick anywhere in the world, I'd probably pick Shuangqiao because I just got back from an ice climbing adventure there and I still wish I had not had to leave so soon!

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Mixed green salad with spinach, avocado, carrots, roasted turkey breast pieces, walnuts, tomatoes, bell pepper, and feta cheese with a light coating of a Vinaigrette dressing. And, a Raspberry Noosa.

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.

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?

Have 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 nail polish is OPI's "I'm Really Not a Waitress."