Jim Shimberg

Age: 52, Years climbing: 31, Hometown: Campton NH, Favorite product: MIURA


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

Traditional rock climbing and ice climbing

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

I have been a La Sportiva athlete for almost 10 years Am I lucky or what ?

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Take my daughter Rose climbing and take my wife Dawn climbing as much as possible ! I wanna climb into my 90s !

Do you have a claim to fame?

yes - I am the fossilized Hebrew of NH (aka the olde heebie) *ask Freddy Wilkinson...

Do you have any vices?

Yes I love strong coffee and the good beer, and in the winter - the single malt seestem...

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

Always smiling and happy no matter what - rain or shine, life is good + positive attitude.

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

fun is where its at - and being outside with your friends and family

What is your favorite movie?

Lord of the Rings and a close second is ' Meet the Robinsons '

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

shim it means lumpy in German, berg means mountain, I am a lumpy mountain it seems...

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

2 days + after partner John got hit by rock on W Face of Mt Huntingon Alaska

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

Montana - in face I named my daughter after it - Rose Montana Shimberg

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

lets see - mmm - a Clif Bar - and peanut butter and jelly ( as ususal)

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

MUSIC all the way

What really scares you about climbing?

loose rock and anything hanging overhead, also crevasses and seracs..

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

From a crazy childhood to a fun and happy life outdoors, teaching people to climb !

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

here in Campton New Hampshire on my dirt road with my family !

Have no food or have no gasoline?

no gas, I can bike walk run or hitch-hike and friends will feed me !

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

yes my feet are as lumpy as my name...