Andrea Szekely

Age: 24, Years climbing: 16, Hometown: Boulder, CO, Favorite product: SOLUTION


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

Mostly clip bolts and stack pads. But I'd love to learn to plug cams and crush ice!!!

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

7 years

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

To visit as many spectacular climbing areas that I can, and climb as many inspiring lines as I can. Truthfully, there are too many routes and boulders that I'd like to do one day. Every time I visit a new area, the list grows.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I can eat a heaping tablespoon of wasabi, maybe even two, no problem.

Do you have any vices?

addiction to korean soap operas

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

Setting yourself a goal (a nice and lofty one) and doing everything in your power to get there. Making a plan, working your way through your weaknesses and making yourself believe in achieving your goal on your worst days. And when you do accomplish what you set out to do, you can set the bar even higher.

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

Pushing my limits, and proving to myself that I can do things harder than I ever thought possible before, that's what drives me. The more I climb and improve, the greater the horizon seems to be. I also very much enjoy the adventures that climbing brings me, and especially the company of the people who embark on those adventures with me. Climbing has connected to me to my dearest friends in different parts of the world. It is not only my passion, it is indispensable to my being. Je grimpe donc je suis.

What is your favorite movie?

At the moment, a Hungarian movie called "A Tanú"

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

never had a nickname

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

48 hours, exam week, junior year of college

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


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Yogurt and cereal.

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

a constant stream of rapidly changing pictures

What really scares you about climbing?

Climbing seems to be rather safe to me in comparison to some of the other crazy things happening in our world.

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

The Hungarian Rhapsody

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

It's a tie between Boulder, CO and Barcelona

Have no food or have no gasoline?

no gasoline, walking around is nice sometimes

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Absolutely. I cringe every time I look at them.