Ryan Palo

Age: 31, Years climbing: 11, Hometown: Bend, Oregon, Favorite product: MIURA VS


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

I clip, pull, and place bolts. Plug cams, check. Stack pads? Only to reach start holds.

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

Since 2008

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Other than climb for a lifetime, I'd like to free a grade VI.

Do you have a claim to fame?

yeah, I have my very own blogspot account.

Do you have any vices?

Way too many to count. Biggest one right now is sugar. Just cannot restrain myself.

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

I spend a good chunk of my time at work, that time away from climbing provides great perspective, and makes me appreciate the time I have on the rock.

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

For a lot my climbing career I was driven by a desire to get as strong as I can. It was a great deal of fun progressing through the grades. These days Im still focuses on redpointing hard routes & new routing, but now my focus is on being well-rounded. Are groupies into well-rounded climbers?

What is your favorite movie?

Easy. Over The Top.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Mostly go by my last name.

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

Probably 2 days. I drove from the Red to my home in Bend Oregon in a single push.

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

Jefferson. Long live Jefferson state!

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

A hodgepodge of mediterranean.

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

Definitely music.

What really scares you about climbing?

Our crags being disrespected & overcrowded.

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

Black to the Future. Also that's a route name I've been holding onto.

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

The road! No where is perfect.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No food. I have places to go.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

No way. My feet are hawt.