Carrie Cooper

Age: 35, Years climbing: 13, Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT, Favorite product: MIURA VS WOMEN'S


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

Mostly stack pads.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?


What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

To climb till I'm 85.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I was bigger than Beyonce when I was featured climbing pregnant next to a much smaller picture of Beyonce in USA today. Does that count?

Do you have any vices?

Of course! I'm human. You want me to give away all my dirty secrets? Ok, maybe one. I love donuts. I try to make them every Saturday.

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

Climbing is an sport of aesthetics for me. I'm an artist, a dancer, a body sculpture, a physical therapist. I love seeing the body move and move with efficiency and a sense of grace. I try to be graceful in any aspect of my life.

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

It's my soul sport. I turn into an anxious person if I'm not climbing. I've climbed through pregnancies so it's definitely not the grades that always drive me but rather challenging myself constantly and having goals. For me, you can never beat the rock.

What is your favorite movie?

Right now it's that street segment of JG Auclair from ALL.I.CAN. It doesn't matter if you are a skier, this film transcends sport. It captures how I feel about climbing. I want to climb all the time, no matter the conditions, at my limit, as well as I can. It's inspiring.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

CC Ryder, I have no idea where that one emerged from. CC, some friends will just say Carrie Cooper with an Arnold Schwartzenegger accent. Is Mom a nickname?

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

Well, I was in labor with my daughter Ava for 17 hours then I was so euphoric I stayed up another 24. So, 41 I guess. Never thought about it.

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

I'm not going to overthink this one. Lets go with Mississippi cause it's fun to say, spell and sing.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Don't judge me. It was 3 in the afternoon on our third day of climbing on a road trip and I was starving. I chose mac and cheese, chicken tenders, chocolate milk and a donut hole. I swear I eat better than that usually. It was very tasty though.

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

Definitely music.

What really scares you about climbing?

Gear and friction failure

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

Disco Ball. You can ask me about that when you see me but you'll roll your eyes at the answer.

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

ANYWHERE? I'd be a mermaid.

Have no food or have no gasoline?


Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Sexy is as sexy does.