Member Spotlight: June 2015

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Roger & Karla Banks

Edgeworks Members Since 2004

Roger and Karla have been climbing at the gym since the very beginning. First visiting us in October 2004, they (like so many others) endured the days of the gravel floors and carpeting and have helped us grow and improve through the years. We’re extremely happy to have had them around all this time!

How did you start climbing?
R & K: Roger started climbing as a high school kid in England and then took a long break before resuming at a more mature age. Karla began climbing 18 years ago on a “SheClimbs” weekend in the Shawangunks in New York.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?
R & K: For the people of course!! And the challenge thrown down by the cool route setters.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?
R & K: Smith Rock and Potrero Chico have been great outdoor experiences. The Shawangunks has magnificent views out over the valley floor – specially in fall wth the great leaf colors and the high flying hawks below us.

What do you do when you’re not climbing?
R & K: Anything and everything outdoors………..hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, running, kayaking, biking, and more. Drinking beer can be done both indoors and out!

What are some interesting facts that you’d like to share with the Edgeworks community?
R & K: We have hidden talents of the musical kind! We have been studying Afro-Cuban hand drumming for the past three years. We recently summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro to celebrate a milestone birthday for Karla.