Rusty Willis

Age: 40, Years climbing: 15, Hometown: Bozeman Montana, Favorite product: TC PRO


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

All the above, except I dont think I have ever stacked pads. But I do own a pad, its in storage I think.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

One year

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

To climb for a lifetime and have fun doing it.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I am married to my best friend, Francine, she is the smartest most beautiful woman I know. I also have two great sons, one is a World Cup climber and the other is a kickass drummer and artist.

Do you have any vices?

Ice cream and I like beer way to much.

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

Adventure and good friends. When you go on a grand adventure with people you enjoy being around nothing is better.

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

Besides all the money, groupies and fame, I love being in wild settings and the sense of discovery from exploring vertical terrain.

What is your favorite movie?

Jeremiah Johnson, I always wanted to be a mountain man growing up.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

"Rusty," it is short for Russell.

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

Twenty seven hours, on the first winter ascent of the Bear's Tooth.

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

Montana of course.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Mexican food, I love Mexican food!

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

All three, depending on my mood.

What really scares you about climbing?

Probably falling..... really, really, really far.

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

Rusty Willis's Day Off

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

Im already here, Bozeman, Montana

Have no food or have no gasoline?

Gasoline because I drive a diesel.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

I think they are sexy enough, Too much of a good thing would be bad.