did you get into climbing Boulos?
got into climbing when I was like 13. I used to hike a lot in City Open
Space and one day some of my parents friends were top-ropeing and offered
up a burn.
FRB: What else do you do besides boulder?
other words, do you sport or trad climb?
favorite thing about climbing is that there are so many facets. I really
enjoy doing all of them and feel that mixing it up will prevent me from
ever burning out.
FRB: How many big walls have you done?
Boulos: I have never counted
the number of walls that I did when I was really psyched on that aspect
FRB: Got any good big wall stories?
Boulos: A funny wall story does
come to mind. When I was like 18 I was up on the Pacific Ocean wall
with one night left to go. We climbed late and before bed I slammed
my last Olde English to make the haul bags lighter, took off my Baltoros
-hung'em on the center strap of the porta-ledge and crawled into bed
on the outside of the ledge. Well right before I fell asleep I decided
to piss so I unzipped my bag, rolled over and did what I had to. The
next morning we woke early and hastily readied to break down camp. The
only thing left to do was to put our boots on. I reached into the left
boot-pulled out my knee pad and sock and proceeded to put my shoe on.
The right boot however yielded a saturated knee pad, sock and half quart
of distinctly familiar fluid. My partner Tyson Hausdoerffer was delighted
with the squishing sound that came with each bounce test. By the time
we topped out and descended via the 8mi. Yosemite Falls Trail I had
the worst blisters imaginable-and to boot they were from my own piss.
Tyson will never let me forget that story.
FRB: Who were some of your early partners?
Boulos: Any one who would go.
FRB: Where do you climb these days?
Boulos: I think my favorite
area will always be Eldorado Canyon. I'm also really psyched on the
FRB: What else do you do besides climb?
actually represents a very small part of my life right now. My parents
are older and are not well right now-they're very much my priority,
but aside from that I really just work. I have a couple of jobs to make
it all work with my lifestyle and my family needs and all.
FRB: What do you do at Sportiva?
Boulos: At La
Sportiva I do warehouse stuff: shipping and receiving.
FRB: Got any big trips coming up?
Boulos: Nothing farther then
Eldorado Springs for now. I have lots left to do in South America at
FRB: Have you ever climbed at Zion?
What did you
do at Zion?
Boulos: I have climbed in Zion.
I love it! I used to make it down each spring and fall to do mostly
FRB: Done any FA's in the Front Range?
of the FA's I've done have been in the desert. Did a little hand crack
with David Light one time up in the Flatirons.
FRB: Ever been to Cloud 9?
What did you
think of the place?
Does Cloud 9
even exist or is it just a myth?
Boulos: Some how I did make
all the way up to cloud 9 one time. I'm doing a lot of cardio training
so I can go back. That place is rad! It's so far that I think it will
continue to have potential for a long time.
FRB: How was the Scoop? How hard did you rate it?
Boulos: The Scoop is really cool. That climb grabbed
my attention more than other stuff the one day I was there. I really
couldn't rate it- I did it so differently than Tommy, But I can say
that I think my way was easier-I couldn't use some of the holds that
he pulled on so I skipped them. Also I've never climbed at the level
that he rated that.
FRB: What are some of your favorite
places to boulder?
Eldo and Flagstaff locally. The coolest ever is certainly down in Peru,
FRB: The climbing community is growing.
will this create and
how can we remedy
in the climbing community should have no bearing to adventure seekers.
Cloud 9 is a great example.
FRB: What do you do to mitigate injuries?
Boulos: Drink single malt Scotch.
FRB: Do you ever plateau in your training?
How do you overcome
Boulos: I plateau all the time-usually
at about 5.6. I really need to be climbing a lot to feel strong.
FRB: What do you suggest to people who are
out in climbing?
Boulos: It's like sex! Don't
FRB: Where's the best place to pick up climbing babes?
Boulos: I avoid climbing babes.
They have so much attitude. I'm more attracted to the Hottie who doesn't
know it or at least doesn't rub it in your face (until later). Besides
my girlfriend of nine months keeps me plenty busy.
FRB: The climbing shoe business seems
to be in an uproar.
What is Sportiva
doing to secure
there fair share of the market?
Sportivas share in the market is secure as it is. The longstanding credo
of performance and true hand made quality will continue to attract real
climbers who need the very best of those things La Sportivas are a great
investment and can be resoled many times.
FRB: After a hard day on the rocks how do you
like to unwind?
Boulos: Single malt Scotch and
then put my feet up on the furniture.
FRB: Favorite rock gyms?
Spot Bouldering Gym for bouldering and the Boulder
Rock Club for routes.
FRB: What does the future hold for Boulos?
Boulos: My future is up in the
air. My passion is traveling and climbing but right now I'm a slave
to the almighty dollar. I will climb full time again-sometime.
FRB: What about life after climbing?
How are you gonna
get that rush
lessons learned from climbing are applicable to any walk in life.
FRB: Any finals words of wisdom?
Boulos: Climb fast, don't forget
the haul line and look out for cars with lights on top and gun toting
FRB: Thanks for the interesting interview Boulos.
Boulos: Anything for a friend.