Beth Rodden

Age: 29, Years climbing: 15, Hometown: Yosemite, CA, Favorite product: MIURA

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

No ice crushing for me, but yes to all of the rest.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

15 years! Wow, we have some history :)

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Wow, I've been lucky enough to succeed in a lot of them. Mainly to climb and have fun for as long as possible in my lifetime, it's built into me :)

Do you have a claim to fame?

Hmm, don't know... :)

Do you have any vices?

Bread, Whole Foods, sugar.

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

I'm pretty driven, ambitious, and stubborn, which all lead to doing stuff...I think. I like to dream big and work as hard as possible to realize those dreams.

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

Travel, the actual physical movement of climbing, being in the mountains, and friends.

What is your favorite movie?

Any of the James Bond movies, or predictable love stories.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:


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

Probably 30 hours-ish on El Cap, but I definitely snuck in some cat naps at the belays.

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

I guess California...I don't really know why, but in my opinion, it's the best place to live!

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Black bean soup, bread and an apple.

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

Probably all three. I have way too much going on up there all the time. i feel like i need an 'off' switch sometimes.

What really scares you about climbing?

Falling, failing, and always being injured.

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

Yikes, that's a tough one. Probably something mundane like 'The Life and Times of Beth Rodden.'

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


Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gasoline.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

No, they are just fine.