Best friends Georgia Banks and Arabella Walley qualified for nationals from the recent USAC Regional bouldering competition!
Meet Arabella Walley: it’s easy for people to write her off as a sweet teen, but watch out, Nationals– you haven’t seen her muscles yet.
What inspires me to climb: I’ve always loved the problem solving portion of climbing, and the satisfaction one receives when the climb is solved. When I was about 8 or nine, BKB had just opened, so my mom thought it would be a fun idea to check it out. One trip turned into two, two trips turned into three, and eventually we were regulars. Whenever we would go to the gym I would watch my mom and other people try these hard climbs, and eventually solve them. This inspired me to do the same.
What other sports do I participate in: Although climbing is my main sport now, I did participate in many other sports, including ballet, (for about 8 years) soccer, Aikido, sailing and track. All of which I eventually quit because I wanted to spend more time climbing.
What do I do outside of sports: I love singing, dancing, and acting, and I am a member of a junior theater troupe out in Long Island, that puts on broadway-like productions in the summer. During the summers I also work as a sailing instructor at a local yacht club, where I get to teach children between the ages of 6-12 the basics of sailing.
Who inspires me: I am constantly inspired by those who are climbing around me, but as far as professional climbers go, I am inspired by Juliana Wurm, Shauna Coxey, and Megan Martin.
Who are my heroines: Malala, because she stood up for women’s education, which is extremely important, because without education women can’t ever hope to achieve equality.
Advice for beginner climbers: Find a way to get super psyched, and climb A LOT! Also watching world cups is a great way to learn about competition climbing, and they’re really entertaining too!