Chelsea Rude

Age: 26, Years climbing: 15, Hometown: Boulder, CO, Favorite product: TESTAROSSA


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

Bolts & Pads...

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

since 2006?

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

I'd like to push my own limits...right now I think that means in difficulty. I'd like to sport climb harder (.14b would be awesome) and boulder harder (v11 would be cool). I want to see how hard I can push my body. I think as I get older and emerge myself into the real world more (...when is that gonna happen?!) these 'lifetime' goals will change...

Do you have a claim to fame?

I have a -3" ape index...which means I have more torque than most of you...which also means I can lock off just about anything :)

Do you have any vices?


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

The gratifying feeling I get after working very hard. The road is tough and it usually breaks us apart, but getting through it makes us stronger. The very thought of me getting stronger, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally makes me tick.

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

Definitely the money. I mean, I'm makin' millions

What is your favorite movie?

Oh man...I don't know.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

T-rex. Self explanatory...

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

36 hours...I thought I could trick myself into not getting jet lag

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

Georgia...I'm like a peach

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Salad...? I have a comp coming up...

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

see pictures

What really scares you about climbing?

Sometimes I get scared of failure...but that's only when I'm thinking too much. sometimes I get scared of breaking my sticks bouldering... But mostly I get scared of not realizing what I'm capable of and then getting too old to accomplish it...

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

How to fall 100 times and get up 101 times

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

Hmmm...Spain sounds pretty amazing.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

no gasoline!!

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

HAHAHAHA....I don't have to wish that. Sportiva makes them sexier!