Ambassador Spotlight | Benjamin Hanna

Hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Q: What’s your climbing style?

A: Awesome

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in climbing, and outside of climbing?

A: That’s hard to say since I don’t have a life outside of climbing.

Q: What advice would you give to your first year climbing self?

A: Warm up, train harder,  and you don’t have time for girls.

Q: Who do you take advice from and why?

A: Brad Hilbert. He is one of my mentors and I really trust his opinion when it comes to training, but also in life. I always take advice from my momma, she’s always right…even when she’s wrong.

Ben Hanna Rock Climbing

Q: How has your training for climbing changed in the last year?

A: I’ve become a lot more focused on my goals and my training this last season. I really realized what I have to do to succeed and have made the changes this year to make that happen.

Q: How has climbing affected the people you choose to surround yourself with?

A: I want to be around psyched people. Life is just so much better when you’re around people who want to get things done. So, that’s who I surround myself with.

Q: What have you done to give back to the climbing community?

A: I don’t really have an answer for that. I would like to think I give back to my community, but I can’t think of anything I’ve done that’s not just part of being in a community.

Ben Hanna Rock Climbing

 Q: What have you learned from failure?

A: I’ve learned a lot from failure. I don’t think any one session was more important than the rest, but just to take something away every time.

Q: Who are the climbers that inspire you the most and why?

A: I mean it’s pretty hard to not be inspired by Sharma.

Ben Hanna Rock Climbing

Q: What is your favorite climbing location and why?

A: Hueco Tanks. Hueco has always had a special place in my heart.

Q: Why Butora Climbing?

A: Great quality, highly reliable, but above all else, the people behind Butora Climbing are incredibly kind and have the best work ethic I have ever seen.

Ben Hanna Rock Climbing

Q: What are your favorite before and after climbing meals?

A: You can never go wrong with Chipotle.

Q: What is your spirit animal?

A: Hulk

Questions from the Internet

Ben Hanna Rock Climbing

Q: What differences have you found in climbing Narsha versus climbing in Acro?

A: The Narsha has a lot stiffer rubber with makes it better for edging and the Arco is softer, which means the rubber sticks better.

Q: What are some tips you would give to new outdoor climbers about crag etiquette?

A: This is not your house and your mom’s not going to clean up after you.

Q: Tips you would give to someone who is stuck on their project? How do you stay motivated when you are stuck?

A: You either need to train harder or rest more. Chances are you are not doing one of those and that is up to you to figure out and to change.

Q: How have you overcome fear in climbing (fear of falling, fear of failure, etc.)?

A: Leading used to be very scary for me but with a bit of work and time I’ve come to love it. Now, I will only lead climb.

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