Mikhail Martin

Age: 23, Years climbing: 4, Hometown: Queens Village, New York, Favorite product: PYTHON


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

I stack pads all day but given the right belayer I may clip bolts.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

My first experience with La Sportiva shoes was in 2010. 2014 is the first year on the team.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

1) Continue having fun climbing with friends until the end of my days. 2) Expose and grow the sport as much as possible so that it becomes accessible to as many people as possible.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I can pinch on almost anything.

Do you have any vices?

Ice cream, or pretty much any dessert.

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

Seeing others get stronger and trying new things.

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

Definitely the people

What is your favorite movie?

The Matrix [The first one]

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

1) Back Hulk 2) Black Hulk 3) Kail (Kale) 4) King Crab [Check out my claim to fame]

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

48 Hours. Working on a degree in Computer Science while working 2 jobs and climbing doesn't leave much time for sleep.

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


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Bareburger Hass Avocado Chicken Sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries

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

You would see computer code and food scrolling.

What really scares you about climbing?

It is innately dangerous.

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

Mikhail : A True Underdog Story

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

New York City

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gasoline. I can get a little grumpy when hungry.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Nope. My feet are fine. Actually, I'm looking for a footstool.