Jackie Hueftle5’9 1/2” tall 0 ape index April 1, 1982 Boulder, CO
Who has impressed you most in this last year? (climber or non climber) A: Last year in Bishop I fell unexpectedly from the top of a boulder problem. I was pushing down on a sideways right hand and rocking up on a high left foot when my right hand skated out of the crack and I began to fall sideways. My hips were probably twelve feet off the ground when I fell and the angle was bad but this guy Jonathan, who is a friend of a friend, gave me one of the best spots I’ve ever had when he smoothly caught my hips and dumped me on the ground lightly on my feet. He barely knew me and I was basically done with the problem so the fall was very surprising, but he was still paying attention and he saved me. I was shocked and grateful, and very impressed.
Describe a time when someone helped your climbing. A: I have been helped by all those who have taken the time to lend a pad, a spot, some chalk, or some positive words, brushed holds, shared secret key beta or known when to keep respectfully quiet, and who have done these things out of their love for climbing and their desire to help others enjoy climbing as well. Also, sometimes really simple things make a load of difference, like when Chris tells me to bend my arms (since I started as a sport climber, and often revert to hanging low on my arms to conserve energy) or when Paul pointed out that whenever he grabs a hold he simultaneously concentrates on pressing down as hard as he can with his applicable foot, because if his feet are on it takes less energy to hold the handholds. These are obvious things, but it’s hard to always remember them in the moment so constantly being reminded of them seems to help.
How do you deal with fans chasing you at all times? A: Well, usually they only follow me in groups of 8-10, depending on where I’m going. When I’m going to the Feather sometimes I get a smaller group, but when I’m going to the Maze or East Mountain there’re 10 every time. I don’t mind the larger groups, as long as they pay their park fees, stay in line, and keep their pads off the fragile plant life. How are you a responsible climber? A: My parents raised me to “keep my corner clean.” The idea is that you are responsible for yourself and your actions, always, no matter who is watching, no matter if there are consequences or not, and if we all do our part to keep our little corners of the world clean then the world will be a better place. In climbing this can mean anything from cleaning holds, picking up trash and staying on trails to paying camping fees and respecting landowner’s rules. We can get away with not doing these things, but every responsible climber helps climbers as a group have more credibility. There is a balance.