We’ve Got the D’Anastasio Interview

Rock Climbing / Bouldering

At 28, Rob D’Anastasio is a passionate boulderer from Philadelphia with 20 years of rock climbing experience. Like many, he’s traveled extensively to areas such as Rocklands, Africa to find the best bouldering in the world. D’Anastasio competes professionally in the American Bouldering Series as well as the Nor’Easter, The Dark Horse Series, and other pro-level competitions. His tick list has accumulated up to V13, but he always keeps sights on the next level. Here’s a look into the real life of Rob D’Anastasio.

Where and why did you start climbing?
My dad introduced me to the sport, and I was quickly hooked: not just on the climbing, but the friends and outdoor lifestyle that came with it, which are the qualities of the sport that I most appreciate to this day.

Does your family climb?
My dad’s a trad climber, and my younger brother was climbing V6 in just two months time, but eventually he lost interest. Other than that I have two nephews who I need to get out there, and I’m hoping they’ll have some fun with it.

Famous person you most relate to (dead or alive)?
Ben Franklin is an iconic figure, especially of Philadelphia, and I’ve always admired his character.

What are your hobbies or interests besides climbing?
Playing guitar, Phillies baseball, surfing, friends, and traveling.

Ear candy of choice?
Any type of blues, from Robert Johnson to Howlin’ Wolf to Jimi Hendrix.

Who are your heroes?
Nikola Tesla, Chase Utley, Darwin, not to forget Ben Franklin, and Genghis Khan… There’s plenty.

Where and how do you train?
I think climbing is the best training for climbing. Basically the idea is to climb often, and push yourself when you do. I would climb at different areas/gyms to practice on different styles of climbing. I like push ups, pull ups, core workouts, and ring exercises. I run on rest days, eat right, and sleep a lot. It doesn’t have to take over your whole life or anything.

What motivates you to compete?
Training hard, the experience of chasing a goal, moments of pressure and success, the energy of a crowd, bouncing back from a poor performance, creating memories/friends, after-parties, traveling to comps, and so on. Generally speaking I love sport, especially this one, and am competitive by nature.

On a long day of climbing…

I imagine a lot of climbing talk and beta sharing, maybe a nap, raw skin, feeling wrecked, and eating a lot.

What’s your favorite climbing fuel?
Black coffee.

What do you do in the climbing community?

I’m always happy to forerun routes for competitors at youth comps, do some Q and A with the kids and such. Every so often I’ll hear from someone that I’ve inspired them, and that always means a lot to me.

What are some frustrations? How to do you move past them?
It can be difficult to motivate to train or climb some days, but I try to figure objectively if its better to rest because I need it or train anyway, because its just an attitude problem.

What’s your prefered clothing?
Verve, because it’s functional and original.

What will you do in 5 years? 30 years?
In the next 5 years: I see climbing as the central focus of my life, pushing the limits of my own potential, and taking advantage of new opportunities, but at the same time going with the flow and maintaining a balance.

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