Keith Garvey

Age: 36, Years climbing: 16, Hometown: Niwot, Colorado....soon to be La Grave, France, Favorite product: KATANA


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

A little bit of it all.....

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

One year....going on a lifetime

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Climb El Cap and Half Dome in a day and a few undisclosed projects....can't jinx myself or give away the treasure.

Do you have a claim to fame?

Can't think of one, that's a bummer....well maybe that's actually good?!

Do you have any vices?

Exercise in the mountains! Generally climbing or skiing, It all depends on what's good and in.

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

Being around friends and getting into wild places. Great adventures stick with you forever. In the real world, planning for the next adventure.

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

As an IFMGA/UIAGM guide getting paid to safely climb with people is my profession, so I do do it for money. The fame is never expected, but cool when something pops up. Ultimately, it's my favorite thing to do!

What is your favorite movie?

Inspirational ones!!!

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Garvitronic Detonation- comes from my unchecked exuberance. And a number of other ones, that seems to come and go.

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

30+ hours on multiple occasions, all revolving around climbing bigger routes in a push.

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


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

LA airport- flying back to Colorado. Applying for a three year visa to work in France and it was mandatory to see the consulate in person. It was an epic trip, low budget hotel, city madness, car almost towed, over a $1,000 spent in the process and all I can do is cross my fingers.

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

Generally pictures, then music and right now words.

What really scares you about climbing?

Getting super run out and no gear, ground/ledge falls, bad belayers, rock fall, and other parties.

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


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

Chamonix for two months, La Grave for two months, Panama for a month, thinking Ridgway for five months, and two months of traveling. Just wished I owned homes in all those locations.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No Gasoline, the other sounds dangerous, although eating is cheating!

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Is this a ladies question????