Andy Salo

Age: 26, Years climbing: 13, Hometown: New Paltz, NY, Favorite product: TESTAROSSA


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

All but the ice...Ice is only good for keepin' the chrystal cold.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

1 year

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Put up the world's first A7...No seriously, my only goal would be to simply have climbing be as enjoyable and meaningful as possible.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I set myself on fire once. Oops.

Do you have any vices?

High Life. And ice cream.

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

Climbing is something that for me I can derive a fair amount of creativity from. Looking at a blank unclimbed rock and being able to interpret a sequence of movement is quite satisfying. In the real world, as well as in climbing, what makes me tick is the people I get to interact with and the friendships I get to enjoy.

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

The passion. I have a big heart for it. More specifically, the excitement of discovering new climbing is very motivating.

What is your favorite movie?

This is one of those questions I don't ponder too often...If I had to say, Little Miss Sunashine

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Big Andy (because I have a big, uh, heart), Andy Gaylo, Ralphy Barflo, Salophagus, Sandy Vagmo, Rayro...I guess that about covers it.

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

Roughly 30 hrs...I was driving cross-country

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


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Chex Mix

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

Pictures with a musical a slideshow

What really scares you about climbing?

The direction it seems to be heading...more and more climbers expecting fame and fortune and being more concerned with a numerical progression than worrying about how they are advancing as a human.

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

Girls Gone, Happiness (its a real movie)

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

I am happy where I am now, but I wouldn't mind living in Switzerland.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

Really? Who would pick no food? Since when can our bodies survive off of gasoline?

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Yes. Mine are gross.