Mike Doyle

Age: 32, Years climbing: 17, Hometown: Las Vegas, Favorite product: SOLUTION


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

I mostly clip bolts (actually I mostly pull on plastic lately) but I occasionally plug cams and stack pads. Rarely will you see me with sharp objects in my hands, it's just too dangerous for all the people involved.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

I have been with La Sportiva for approximately 10 years.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

When I first started climbing my goal was to climb 5.13a, since then I've just been enjoying it. My main goal now is to stay in shape so that when I have a chance to travel I can climb as many classics as possible.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I don't know about a claim to fame but many people associate me with training and coaching. Probably doing the first ascent of Lucifer (14c) in the Red River Gorge is my most worthy ascent.

Do you have any vices?

Sweets. It doesn't matter what kind of candy, chocolate, ice cream whatever. I want it, and I want it now.

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

I like being absorbed in something. With work this can be an assignment and with climbing this can be a current project or even just training.

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

The fact that it keeps me from being fat. That and the people you meet while traveling. It's unlike any other sport I've ever tried when it comes to the community.

What is your favorite movie?

Top Gun or Zoolander.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:


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

Probably only 40 hours or so when traveling but I go weeks at a time with only 3-5 hours sleep per night. Usually this is because of work.

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

Alabama, just has a nice ring to it.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Lunch? I was working too much to eat lunch.

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

The matrix...

What really scares you about climbing?

If I actually hurt myself enough that I couldn't climb the next day. That terrifies me.

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

The little engine that could.

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

Right now I'd love to live in Eastern Spain.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gasoline I guess. I love food but I drive a lot as well.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

No, my feet are dead sexy.