Lyn Barraza

Age: 37, Years climbing: 8, Hometown: Berkeley, California, Favorite product: SOLUTION

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

I'm a pad stacker, though on occasion I tie into a rope.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

Two awesome years

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

To "climb" El Cap. To keep climbing until the end of my days.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I'm food obsessed and am known to remember important events of my life by the meal.

Do you have any vices?

Salty and sugary foods. Salted caramels are my favorite.

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

When I really enjoy something, I give it my all. I'm just as likely to try a v2 all day that's giving fits as I am to work my project. I have a hard time giving up.

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

Definitely the money. Wait, I don't make any money climbing. It must be the friends, the movement and getting to spend weekends and vacations in some of the most beautiful places on earth.

What is your favorite movie?

I'm a sucker for romantic comedies, but I also really love anything by Charlie Kaufman.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

I wish I had a cool nickname, but I'm just not that interesting.

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

I like to sleep, so I try not to deprive myself. Really, I don't sleep enough on a daily basis, but I don't go long stretches without.

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


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Acme olive bread and pepper jack cheese.

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

Pictures. I do a lot of daydreaming.

What really scares you about climbing?

I absolutely hate downclimbing - and by that I mean the easy way of getting off the boulder after topping out. Usually the downclimb is dirty and I'm petrified of slipping on moss, dirt, pine needles, the list goes on and on. I'm a bit ridiculous.

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

The adventures and misadventures of Paul and Lyn.

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

Fontainebleau, France or Yosemite National Park.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gasoline.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Not particularly.