Bayard Russell

Age: 36, Years climbing: since 1996, Hometown: Madison, NH, Favorite product: MIURA VS


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

I don't do much bouldering, to all the rest.. yes! Just depends on the time of year.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

Since earlier this year.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Phew... I'm pretty myopic, really. I have a few local long term goals, but lifetime.. I guess it comes down to getting out into the world and seeing what there is to see. I would love to be able to keep up the travel I've been able to do the last couple of years exploring new areas.

Do you have a claim to fame?


Do you have any vices?

Science fiction episodes on Netlfix. Pretty dorky, but the hangover is easy.

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

I just ride the motivation wave and try to get stuff done when it's easy. When it's not.. well, that's a work in progress.

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

I just love it. I have so much fun hanging with friends and climbing. I get a lot of satisfaction by just hucking myself at something and trying hard.

What is your favorite movie?

Return of the Jedi

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

B trian. Beyond the "B" part I have no idea.

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

A night. Many different reasons along the way.

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

Maine. It's simple.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Eggs around 10 am and tamales around 3pm.

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

Pictures, but sometimes on a steep ice pitch or a thuggish rock climb there are beats. I really like that.

What really scares you about climbing?

Long, cold storms on big mountains.

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

..boring by most people!

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

I'm already there, but I still have my eyes open.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gas, definitely no gas. I love food. I live in the middle of nowhere though so that would get old.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Never really thought much about it. Guess I gave up on my foot modeling career years ago.