Matt Wilder

Age: 30, Years climbing: 16, Hometown: Boulder, CO, Favorite product: TESTAROSSA


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

Stack pads, plug cams, and clip bolts.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

2 years

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Climb amazing lines all around the world. Put up incredible, inspiring first ascents all around the world. Free climb the Nose. Never stop enjoying every day of climbing.

Do you have a claim to fame?

Rubik's cube in less than 30 seconds... though that's really slow compared to the Rubik's experts these days.

Do you have any vices?

Not that I know of.

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

Inspiring lines. Beautiful locations. Challenging problems to solve.

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

I enjoy the challenge of the sport and the mystery of an undone route.

What is your favorite movie?

Fight Club.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Not really.

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

I pulled all nighters in high school jacked up on Mountain Dew finishing some paper. These days I like to sleep so I don't push it as hard. Probably the most tired I've been is at the end of a 20 hour push on the Zodiac on El Cap.

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

New York because it would confuse people.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Food court Thai at a mall near the Sea-Tac airport. It was a sub-par lunch.

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

Pictures and words mostly. Though occasionally music.

What really scares you about climbing?

Being runout in unknown terrain or on chossy rock. I try to avoid this as much as possible.

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

The Pursuit of Happiness (spelled correctly unlike that Will Smith movie). No that's a little cheesy.

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

I like where I live now a lot (Boulder, CO). I'd like to live in Europe some time too. Maybe France or Spain.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gasoline.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Can't say I've ever had that wish.