Battle of the Blocks Captain Spotlight: Kathy Arazawa

Kathy is a Battle of the Blocks Captain for the Center City Chinchillas! Kathy grew up in Hershey, PA and moved to Philly 3 years ago. She currently lives in Center City and works as a biomedical engineer. She’s been climbing for about 1 and a half years now.


When and how did you first get into climbing?
I first tried out climbing out of curiosity in the fall of 2017 and fell in love with the challenge and problem solving. I thought the community's excitement for climbing and eagerness to help newcomers was amazing! I kept coming back for both the physical challenge and the friendships. I had a few climber friends that I became even closer with and made more new friendships through the sport.

What do you like about your neighborhood and what makes it unique?
Center City is filled with so many great spots, I love being able to walk out my door and have access to so many options. Plus being centrally located it's not too far of a hike to the other cool and fun neighborhoods around the city.

What do you love about climbing and how do you think this comp is going to bring your team together?
Climbing brings together so many aspects I love, physical training, body awareness, problem solving and just having some good ol' fun with your friends. I've been stoked about this comp because I think it's a great way to bring climbers who otherwise may not meet together to learn from each other and cheer each other on. To me climbing is all about community and having a comp built around teams seems like the perfect way to encourage this.