Matt McCormick

Age: 26, Years climbing: 13, Hometown: Burlington, VT., Favorite product: SOLUTION


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

I pride myself on working hard to climb well on all of the above. I'm in the process of starting to boulder more. I think it's the missing link for me.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

One year.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Continue to free new rock and mixed routes in the Adirondacks of New York, Free climb El Cap and generally to stay psyched and push myself as long as I can still get up and out of bed.

Do you have a claim to fame?

hmm... ask my friends.

Do you have any vices?

Too many to list! Ice Cream, Cookies, etc....

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

Surrounding myself with positive people. Having an impact on my student's lives as a teacher.

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

The passion for the process. Getting up at 4 a.m. to go and try new routes that I'm unsure will even go. Meeting people all around the world with the same common passion.

What is your favorite movie?

Tough one... I'll go with The Big Lebowski

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

McCormickini... It all started with Shimberg.

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

I once drove cross country from Vermont to Yosemite in 3 days. That was about the least sleep I've ever gone on.

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

New Hampshire... "Live Free or Die!"

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

A GU shot and a Clif Bar.

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

Music for sure... I always seem to have music playing in my head, even when I'm climbing. An internal soundtrack I guess!

What really scares you about climbing?

Looking back and having regrets about something I could have done.

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?

Either right here in Burlington, VT or in the White Mountains of NH.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No food. I drive a lot so no gas would kill me!

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

I've been told that I have "hobbit" feet. I kind of like that so no, I don't wish I had sexier feet.