Austin Sarles is an accomplished competitive and outdoor rock climber from Texas. He was the president of the University of Texas at Austin climbing team, where he helped lead the team to two CCS National Championships and two second place finishes in four years. He was also the recipient of the 2015 Collegiate Climbing Series Ambassador Scholarship. For Austin, climbing is much more than competing in a gym or training on plastic. Climbing is something that, for him, makes him whole. Walt Whitman said, “Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.” For Austin, that is climbing.
Lifetime climbing goals? My lifetime climbing goal is to be able to keep climbing throughout my life. That’s one of the things I’ve always loved about climbing. My goals are to travel the world’s best bouldering destinations and still be able to send in my seventies!
What is your first memory of being really psyched? The first time I ever went climbing outdoors, it was like a whole new world opened up for me. I remember the sweat on my palms as I read my first route, the polished limestone underneath my feet, and the impossibly wide smile on my face as I topped out my first boulder problem.
What would you want for your last meal? Tacos, always. You never know when your last meal is going to be, so it’s best to have tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.