Peter Kamitses

Age: 33, Years climbing: 15, Hometown: Burlington, VT, Favorite product: MIURA VS

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

I climb rocks...from the very small to quite large...sometimes cracked ones too...

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

For almost a decade.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

To travel and climb in as many places as maintain fitness into old age and pass what climbing has given to me on to my sons.

Do you have a claim to fame?

My hardheadedness is legendary.

Do you have any vices?

Climbing, chocolate with peanut butter, good red wine, gourmet food...

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

Climbing is my way of bringing the most acutely real experiences into my world....It is my real world.

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

The mental challenge, the physical satisfaction, the unique positions you find yourself in....the beautiful places.

What is your favorite movie?

The one where that guy goes and meets that other guy and they go and do that thing.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

PK...self explanatory

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

36 hours while partying back in the day.

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


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Butternut squash red lentil coconut curry soup.

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

Plotting and scheming in visuals...planning in 3D.

What really scares you about climbing?

Climbing above questionable gear.

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?

I would move a few times a year to be where the weather and season correspond with the geography of where I want to be.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

I want a solar powered helicopter.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Why? that a fetish of yours?