Ryan Palo

Age: 26, Years climbing: 6, Hometown: Portland, Favorite product: MIURA

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

Mostly clip them clamp-shackles, but Im not adverse to wrassle a pebble. Always enjoy a good long gear route!

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

2011 will be my third year.

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

I would absolutely love to spend a season in Spain or slay a virgin wall.

Do you have a claim to fame?

In second grade music class I was lead bell. I also dominated the xylophone.

Do you have any vices?

Bacon rapped butter sandwiches…cant beat em!

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

Spending time with my good friends at the crag.

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

People get that from climbing?!? I need to step it up big time. I would have to say it’s the challenge. Doing something you previously thought impossible.

What is your favorite movie?


Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

I go by my last name a fair amount. Way too many Ryans out there.

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

Probably a day. I really cant function without it. I have no idea how all those alpinists do it.

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


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Im on a diet, I only get to smell food…gota fit into that extra small harness.

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

It’s a continuous reel of routes I’ve climbed over the years, with the album “Slippery When Wet” playing in the background.

What really scares you about climbing?

That one day my fingers won’t let me do it anymore.

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

Aspen Extreme

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

It would be the road, cause nowhere is perfect.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gas. I would love to live in a world where this is not the case, but I got places to go.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

My feet are hot. In fact, I moonlight as a foot model.