Andrea Cartas is 30 years old and has lived in Madrid for seven years, though she is originally from Andalucía, where she started climbing at age 15. Andrea is involved with many facets of climbing from the competition realm, to outdoor climbing. In 2009 and 2010 she won the Gané la Copa de España and came in 2nd in 2012. Last year she ticked her hardest red-point White Zombie, 8c (14b) in the Baltzola Cave in Basque Country in Spain. To add to her already impressive tick-list, Andrea has racked up 13 routes rated 8b (13d) and harder, as well as multi-pitch routes as hard as 7c+ (13a) and 7c(V10) boulders.
Despite climbing being the main passion in Andrea’s life she also works as personal trainer for climbers in Madrid, as well as a trainer and coach for the Madrid Youth Team.
When she’s not whipping her clients into shape at the gym you’ll find her traveling to one of the many rock climbing meccas in Spain, as well as several areas outside the country with her husband and climbing partner, Carlos. Andrea gives a big shout out to her sponsors Trangoworld, Gárgola y Five Ten that help support her through out her travels. Here Andrea took some time off of her big sends to answer a few questions about traveling, who has the best rock climbing style and her most memorable road trip memories.
1. Close your eyes imagine yourself climbing. Where are you and what climb are you on?
Right now… hmmm… in Oliana, on a long route that continues on perfect rock, in the sun, floating, without any hurry.
2. If you could climb with anyone’s style who would it be?
It would be a mix between the style of Daila, the force of Ramón, the energy of Adam and the concentration of Chris… hahah, but with the face of Angelina Jolie!! Hahaha!!
3. What is the hardest kind of move for you?
Definitely shouldery moves and underclings. Also big slopers, I have small hands and not a lot of force in themL
4. What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without a shower?
Haha… well, I travel a lot in a van without a shower. In the summer it is easy to shower but in the winter… let’s just say it’s not as important, haha;)
5. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
It was only a few days ago! I love to laugh with my friends and make jokes. Sometimes my face hurts from laughing so hard. I think it was a “wassapeando” chat with my girlfriends and I telling jokes.
6. Where is the furthest you’ve ever been away from home?
Definitely Yangshuo, is was a really crazy trip and very rare experience. We had many adventures there.
7. Who is the worst type of person to travel with?
I don’t like people who complain about everything, that are intolerant or who are boring. Or someone who is too serious and quiet. I prefer to be with fun people who talk a lot and joke around. I love to talk a lot and have a good time!
8. What is something you can’t leave without on a roadtrip?
My contact lenses!!! I can’t see anything without them!!
9.What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you on a trip?
I can’t say it, ok yes, I am sure they can’t find me now… We saw a dead body in a sector in China that had been recently tortured… ayayyaya!!! Obviously we left running!! Fortunately we hadn’t left our quick draws the day before!
10. If you weren’t a pro climber what would you be?
Unfortunately I’m not a professional climber in the aspect that I’m not paid by sponsors and can’t live only on climbing. In Spain is it very difficult for anyone to make a living as a professional climber just through the support of their sponsors. But I have enough luck to be able to work in areas related to climbing, like personal training and working with the climbing youth team.
11. What was your very first pair of climbing shoes, and what are you wearing on your project right now?
I started climbing in a pair of old Anasazi Velcros that were a gift, and after trying many other brands I have finally returned to those first principles. Now I am very happy with the Arrowheads, they are perfect for me, and incredible for comfort and precision.