Karsten Delap

Age: 33, Years climbing: 15, Hometown: My Truck, Favorite product: SOLUTION


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

I look for bolts while I am plugging cams on runout mixed terrain where a few pads could be useful.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

Got on the team in 2011. Have been in the shoes for years!

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Grow old while always finding inspiration in the mountains!

Do you have a claim to fame?

I hit a homerun my last at bat in high school, if that is what fame is…

Do you have any vices?

Redbull, Starbucks, and cheeseburgers!

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

Watching my clients grow as both climbers and people. Very cool to see a client out on the rock or ice on their own adventure through a medium that I introduced to them to!

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

The friendships, the travel, and our inspiring world.

What is your favorite movie?

I don’t really remember movies very well, but I do like watching them!

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

My best friend in high school called me “C” because he thought that was what my name started with. It stuck…

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

I can fall asleep very quickly, so five-minute naps at belays are really easy. One time, I did guide some clients on a day ascent of Mt. Whitney. I think it was around 25 hours with the drive from Bishop.

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

Indy-I was born there and drive like I am in the 500.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

I skipped it on my drive to the New Hampshire Ice Fest!

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

With the multitasking, it would be hard to decipher but might look something like this in pictures: Armenia route research; did you email the client for Wednesday; slideshow tomorrow; meet at 6 tonight at Brevard Rock Gym; plane leaves Friday can someone pick you up; did you get the photos edited; where are my keys?….

What really scares you about climbing?


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

The Guiding Life

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

The next place I am going! Traveling is too important to stay in one place at this point in my life.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No food! Gas is expensive!

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

No, just less smelly.