Mikel Cronin

Age: 42, Years climbing: 22, Hometown: Black Hills of South Dakota, Favorite product: SOLUTION


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

Mainly clip bolts. Play with pads and cams a bit and only crush ice for gin and tonic's.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

4 years

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

To always have fun and continue to put in great routes.

Do you have a claim to fame?

Big hands!

Do you have any vices?

Just the one mounted to my work bench.

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

I don't understand the question.

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

All of the above.

What is your favorite movie?


Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

The Custodian. I'm always cleaning or fixing something. I think I may have a bit of OCD.

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

48 hours. Being a firefighter can have long hours.

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

Alabama. I could then be called Al.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Peanut Butter Crunch Cliff Bar with a bit of limestone drill dust on top.

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


What really scares you about climbing?

Bad gear

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

Dazed and Confused

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


Have no food or have no gasoline?

gasoline, I can ride my bike to the crag.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

My feet define sexy.