Elaina Arenz

Age: 39, Years climbing: 19, Hometown: West by God Virginia, Favorite product: TESTAROSSA


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

I try not to compartmentalize myself; being "good" at each element has always been a goal of mine, as opposed to being a master of one element. Bolts and cams come easiest in the New River, though great bouldering and ice climbing are not far away. I'm been really motivated to spend more time in the alpine too.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

Four sweet and blissful days...after a long hiatus I'm finally back to my first love.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Climb on every continent, be an awesome guide, and to send any of "Twin Cannon's" former projects in my socks, in her face.

Do you have a claim to fame?

Footwork and fancy hats.

Do you have any vices?

Peets coffee, PBR post climbing beer-skis. And marshmallow Peeps when in season. And sour patch kids. Sugar, lets just go with sugar.

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

Climbing for me is so intwined with every part of my life It would be difficult to imagine life without it. It is how I make a living, how I find peace, how I express myself, and how I stay fit.

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

My 8a.nu scorecard, (sarcasm inserted here).

What is your favorite movie?

Gnar. Because I'm so much better than you are. If you've seen it you'll get it.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Lainers. Its a variation on "Elaina" because my friends are too lazy to pronounce my entire name.

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

Well, since I'm almost 40, i am practically narcoleptic after 10pm. Don't even try to rouse me before 9am. My projects can wait.

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

West Virginia because "Mountaineers are always free."

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Hot tea, 2 cuties, hummus and rice crackers, a Kind bar, white cheddar cheese slices. My standard crag lunch...

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

Definitely music.... they make the voices seem not so scary.

What really scares you about climbing?

Fat ropes, bad catches, and being injured.

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

White Women Can't Jump. -- I told you already... footwork is my "thing".

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

The New River Gorge for half of the year, and on the road the other half.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gas.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

And abs, and boobs...NO! My feet have remained proportional despite the number of attempts I've tried to deform them. Besides, I have a small Asian woman who takes care of them very diligently for me.