Mike Foley

Age: 23, Years climbing: 13, Hometown: Boston, Ma, Favorite product: PYTHON


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

Mostly clippin bolts and stacking pads. I do the occasional cam pluggin but I generally avoid the ice.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

I've been with Sportiva for over 8 years and I've never looked back.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

I think I just want to be an all around good climber. I have a lot of respect for people who are great at all styles and disciplines.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I can throw down a pretty thick Boston accent when I need to.

Do you have any vices?

Lattes, ice cream, and mountain bikes.

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

I thrive on nitpicking at little details and always pushing myself mentally and physically, no matter what I’m doing. I think that has helped me both in my climbing and other aspects of my life.

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

I love meeting new people, seeing cool places, and pushing myself. And the money of course.

What is your favorite movie?

Anything with oversized killer animals i.e. Jaws, Jurassic Park, Anacondas.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

My older brother has always called me "Chief". I think he started calling me that to be as condescending as possible.

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

Probably only 24 hours while traveling. I need my beauty sleep.

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

Massachusetts. Cus I’m a "Masshole" at heart. Just kidding.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?


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

Pictures for sure. I’m a very visual person and love thinking spatially and articulating images in my head.

What really scares you about climbing?

Putting all my effort into a project or goals and failing.

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

They already made it. It's called The Notebook. Ryan Gosling does an amazing job portraying my actual character. He should have won an Oscar.

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

I think I would want to live in Spain. So much amazing climbing everywhere you look.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

It would be a definite no to gas. I eat like a horse.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Why would I want sexier feet? Everyone knows that girls love hammer toe.