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Meet the BKBeasts

If you’re climbing after school is out at Brooklyn Boulders, you might easily walk past some of our strongest climbers and not notice them at all.

That’s because they’re tiny teenage girls, and they’re unassumingly sweet. Until you see them crushing up on the walls.

Meet the BKBeasts: Georgia, Arabella and Ruhi.
Meet the BKBeasts: Georgia, Arabella and Ruhi.

Arabella Walley, Georgia Bank, and Ruhi Sah make up three of our strongest, youngest female climbers – and they’re all best friends. When we asked them whether or not they wanted to become professional climbers, they all stressed that while it was a goal – they also think it’s as important to have a career.

Meet the BKBeasts.


 

Arabella Walley
Arabella, crushing the Beast.

Name: Arabella Walley, 8th Grade
Rock Climbing Grade: V8
Hobbies: Singing & acting in musicals.
Favorite Food: Dumplings & Bubble Tea
Role Model: Megan Martin, because she’s always so positive.

I started climbing when I was nine years old – my mom saw an ad in the newspaper, and thought it’d be a fun thing to do. She climbs too, but she can only climb V4.

I like the problem solving tactics to climbing. I don’t really like sport climbing, but I like bouldering because you go higher and sometimes when you fall it feels like you’re flying, even though I don’t like falling.

Thoughts on going Pro? I would want to be a pro climber, but I want to do something else, too. Because what happens when you get older when you can’t climb anymore – what are you going to do in your life?


 

Georgia Banks.
Georgia Banks.

Name: Georgia Bank, 9th Grade
Rock Climbing Grade: V9
Hobbies: Parkour is cool. Acro Yoga, gymnastics. I also like dancing.
Favorite Food: Soup dumplings.
Role Model: No specific person. I look at anyone who is really strong and how they got there, and their determination and how they got to where they are – and I want that in myself.

I started climbing when I was ten – my mom took me and my brother. I hated bouldering at first, but I liked rope. My brother stopped climbing once I got better than him.

I like that there is technique to climbing, and that it isn’t purely strength based. I like how you have to look at a problem and solve it, like a puzzle or math problem. It’s a challenge.

Thoughts on going Pro? Kinda the same as Arabella. But I definitely want to keep climbing.


ruhi sah
Ruhi, climbing & training.

 

Name: Ruhi Sah, 9th Grade
Rock Climbing Grade: V8
Hobbies: Hanging with friends & family. Reading.
Favorite Food: Chatt – an Indian meal.
Role Model: I agree with Georgia – there are so many positive figures in climbing who are really determined.

I started climbing when I was twelve – Georgia introduced me to it at a birthday party at BKB. I like the movement, and how there is an infinite number you can do on the wall. It never ends, there’s always a challenge however good you get.

People think climbing is cool, but they don’t really get what it means.

Thoughts on going Pro? Yes. I want to be pro. I want it to be a big part of my life, and I want a career alongside it.
Up next: they’re headed to ABS Nationals this coming weekend in Wisconsin. Wish ’em luck!

Want to find out about the BKBeasts? See more info here.