Johnny Ravello

Do you go by a nickname? Beefcake extraordinaire. Jk, ask my “step-siblings” I believe they have one for me. [It's "Johnny Rocket"]

Birthdate: December 1990

What/when was your first climb? YMCA climb for LA 2010

How many climbs have you completed? Who’s counting? Really.

Why/how did you start? I was bored with my cardio workout (cycling) The local gym I am a member of (YMCA) organizes the YMCA climb for LA so I decided to try it.

Do you have a favorite climb? No

Why do you climb? For fun / to stay in shape. 

Are there other sports you’re passionate about? Baseball, Hockey, Climbing, Hiking.

How do you train? I hike a lot. I go to the gym regularly.

Who inspires you? All my friends and family inspire me in different ways I suppose. But if youre asking about athletes I admire; Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold and Ueli Steck are a few.

Do you have a good luck charm or any superstitions or pre-race rituals? Not really. Too nervous on race day to focus on anything.

What's on your iPod during workouts/competitions? Shit. I dont have itunes. I guess my most played artist on Spotify currently is TV on the radio. But that changes often.

Do you have a website or blog for those interested in learning more about you? I try to stay private for the most part.

If we had numbers on our jerseys, what would your number be? #1 Duh!

What would you like to tell others about yourself and your experience with stair climbing that might inspire them in their lives? Here’s the deal, I started stairclimbing for fun. Not because I was in poor health and had to choose an activity to live a healthy lifestyle. Not because I had an illness or injury that forced me to change my way of living. I started stairclimbing just for the fun of it. I like to challenge myself physically, It’s a good feeling when you do that and I am glad I chose Stairclimbing because not only did I find something fun and rewarding but I also met an befriended genuinely nice people too. My story isn’t as inspiring as others in the WCL crew but I don’t think you need an inperational story to get motivated to do these kinds of things. You either love being active and challenging yourself or you don’t.