Name: Brian Sweeney Age: 25
Residence: Reno, NV
Home Climbing Area: Lake Tahoe, CA, Donner Summit, CA, Castle Peak, CA, and The Sierra Buttes, CA
Who has impressed you most in this last year?
A. Jason Danforth and Kyle McCabe at the Mammut Bouldering Championships in Salt Lake, UT. These two were the head route setters for the comp and pulled off ridiculous amounts of hard work and route setting into the wee hours of the morning for a good week or so straight. Their sheer endurance and physical abilities blew my head.
Describe a time when someone helped your climbing.
A. While coaching at my local gym I was thrown for a loop. The kids helped me to realize that every one can surprise themselves and that most of our limits are self imposed. As a Flashed Athlete, how have you adapted to your new life with the paparazzi?
A. For me that’s easy because I am usually a member of the paparazzi. I am remarkably adept at blending into the crowd by pulling out my camera and yammering about how rad and expensive my equipment is compared to theirs.
What do you see as the biggest myth out there about being famous?
A. I would have to say that the biggest myth about being famous is that people actually care about you and your opinion, because they don’t.
Where do you see your climbing going?
A. Climbing is heading for the bolder, further, and bigger. People all over are constantly pushing the envelope of climbing. The sport as a whole is exploding in all directions and will soon play a role similar to snowboarding and skateboarding in pop culture.