Josie Hetyei

Age: 37, Years climbing: 19, Hometown: North Vancouver, B.C., Favorite product: FUTURA

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?

This is my second year.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

To always push my personal limits and 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 know who they are. Money: I make a decent living. 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?

Minimal sleep happens too often because of my job. I once slept only a couple of hours during a five day adventure race.

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

I live in Canada.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Tuna, red pepper, bread, and hummus.

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, core shots, and bad belayers.

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?


Have no food or have no gasoline?

Definitely 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.