Heidi Wirtz

Age: 43, Years climbing: 20+, Hometown: Boulder, CO, Favorite product: MIURA WOMEN'S


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

I love to do it all, though plugging cams when I am way off the deck has always been my favorite!

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

12 years

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

To die of old age. To climb/put up a first ascent on every continent.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I guess all the FA's that I have put up in remote areas throughout the world. Though I think that bagging the first free ascent of the South Howser Minarette up in the Bugaboos got me on the map.

Do you have any vices?

Not that I can think of unless you count tea. I can't live without my tea. I never go on a trip without it!

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

Having a super strong community of friends and my family is really important to me along with being outside in any form and feeling fit and healthy are all what makes me tick. I also love sharing my passions with others. I have an adventure yoga retreat business called Earth Play Retreats that is my newest love. www.earthplayretreats.com

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

Definitely not the money, and as far as fame and groupies, nope! Though I do love people. I am just out there to have fun and push myself just like anyone else.

What is your favorite movie?

Yes Man

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Heidi Almighty.... My friend Coiler came up with it about 10 years ago in the Valley and it stuck.

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

There have been many sleep deprived nights. Not sure if I have the exact time on any of them, but bivying does not mean sleeping it turns out.

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

Rhode Island because it is so small and "Rhode Island is a state of many firsts".

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Quinoa and veggies

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

There for sure would be a full music video going on with dubstep and some amazing 3,000 foot granite towers coming straight out of the ocean with a sick reef break just off shore, white sand beaches, whales jumping and monkeys swinging around to the beat.

What really scares you about climbing?

Rock fall, Avalanches and lightning!

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

For Better or for Wirtz

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

hmmmm. That is tough, someplace with an airport close by, giant big walls,good bouldering, not too crowded, ice and skiing in the winter close by, good weather and surfing within a couple hours drive. Not sure I have found it yet.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gasoline for sure.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

I don't know if I have ever really considered that, but I guess the rock shoes have done a bit of damage.