Paige Claassen

Age: 23, Years climbing: 14, Hometown: Colorado, Favorite product: MIURA VS WOMEN'S


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

Clip bolts!

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

8 years

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Climb 5.13 trad, climb 9a sport, bolt a hard route, climb a big wall, and use climbing to make a difference in the world.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I have a +5 ape index.

Do you have any vices?

I require five meals a day to function, two of which must be dessert.

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

My friends and family continuously inspire me to push myself. I try to focus on a few things that are important to me, and then put all of my effort into those goals.

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

The opportunity to spend most of my time outside, the freedom, the physical and mental challenge, the unique people I meet along the way. And the sexy hand calluses.

What is your favorite movie?

Moonrise Kingdom and True Romance

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Ragin’ Paigin’, for its poetic ring.

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

Probably about 60 hours when traveling to South Africa. When we arrived, our hosts immediately took us on a safari in the backyard. Our first giraffe sightings were through blurry eyes.

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


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Turkish pizza with spicy salsa. And pomegranate juice.

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

Flow charts

What really scares you about climbing?

Dirtbag life

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

I don't know, but I wish I climbed big walls so it could be "The Perks of Being a Bigwallflower

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

Colorado or Wyoming. Mountains, open spaces, bright stars, lots of rock.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gasoline (see vices)

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Nope. My feet have seen the insides of many pairs of Sportivas, and they're all the better for it!