Josie Hetyei

Age: 36, Years climbing: 18, Hometown: North Vancouver, B.C., Favorite product: SOLUTION

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

Clip bolts. I have dabbled in the others but they don't stick.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

Brand new in 2014 and very excited!

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

To always push my personal limits and to be able to climb till I die.

Do you have a claim to fame?

Not really. Maybe my perseverance to redpoint a climb.

Do you have any vices?

Red wine.

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

The mental and physical challenge and pursuit of progress is the addiction that makes me tick and to meet like-minded people that share this passion.

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

I love feeling like my body's been ran over by a truck. Groupies: I don't even know who they are. Money: I have enough. Fame: There is none.

What is your favorite movie?

Silence of the Lambs and most other slasher and action flicks.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Hell ya.

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

I only slept a couple of hours over five days in an adventure race. Minimal sleep still happens too often with my job.

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

Ha ha, I live in Canada.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Roasted potatoes, broccoli and tuna.

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

Beta would be running, so definitely hearing words and visualizing movement.

What really scares you about climbing?

Finger injuries, bad belayers, and core shots.

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


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

Spain or France

Have no food or have no gasoline?

Have no gas, I love to eat.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Not really, just put some red lacquer on and no-one notices the bunions.