Willie Benegas

Age: 41, Years climbing: 25, Hometown: Sandy Utah, Favorite product: MIURA


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

Well i do consider my self a alpines, but i do have to said that now I'm Himalayan climber, of course ultra running endurance running is something that I love.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

hard to remember, around 9 years.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

finish all the 8000 meters peaks, and to climb all the 6000 metrs peaks of the Andes, 106 of them.

Do you have a claim to fame?

Summited Mt Everest 9 times, Aconcagua 52 times. climb all 37 Volcanoes of Guatemala in 8 and 1/2 days. The Crystal Snake of Nuptse.

Do you have any vices?

Set you goals, and make them happy, life is to short, to worry about things simplify

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

I strongly believe in outdoors participation, leaving outside of the world of concrete, by this we have a deeper understanding of our planet and the consequences of our society

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

A mountain adventure will carry over into many facets of life, teaching yourself about yourself, you co-existence with nature, and the respect for people's cultures"

What is your favorite movie?

Blue Planet.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Willie, my real name is Guillermo but since not one could pronounce Willie stick.

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

Recently I decided in Climb all the 37 Volcanoes of Guatemala in 10 day's averaging a nice 2 hrs of sleeping at day. Let see 8and 1/2 days = 204 hrs total time minus 16 sleeping 188 hrs.

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

Utah best snow, great climbing, great single track trails for endless runs.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Quinoa with Curry.

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

Pictures speak 1000 words.

What really scares you about climbing?

climbing a feel safe, but the city scare me the most

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

A journey truth a Climbers eyes.

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

My Home Patagonia.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

Have no food, gasoline o well a least i could runn.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Feet are supper sexy despaite of all the miles