Tony Yao

Age: 38, Years climbing: 18, Hometown: Boulder, CO , Favorite product: SOLUTION

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

I love to clip bolts, plug cams, and stack pads. Ice crushing is for people who enjoy the cold.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

5 years.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

I recently climbed my first 5.14 in Spain. Now I'm psyched to climb some more!

Do you have a claim to fame?

The 9 fingered climber.

Do you have any vices?

I have a weakness for good hoppy beers.

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

I love traveling with my lovely wife climbing in beautiful places and meeting new friends.

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

Intrinsic motivation all the way. I love to be at the secret crag even though one of my favorite crags happens to be Rifle.

What is your favorite movie?

Forest Gump

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

t-nut. Route setting name given to me by the road crew of Eldorado Wall Company.

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

24 hours? I don't know, I was a kid.

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

Definitely Texas.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

eggs and sausage

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

words. I talk to myself a lot. it's kind of disturbing.

What really scares you about climbing?

not being able to do it anymore.

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

Forest Gump. I guess that's illegal.

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

Spain for sure.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

Depends if I needed to walk or drive to the crag.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Hell no.