Allison White | Arcade Belt Goal

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Goal #1: Compete in the Adaptive Climbing World Championships

You may (or may not) remember what you were doing on New Years 2019, but we do know one thing: Allison White was making big plans. It all started in late 2016, when a skiing accident caused Allison to tear her ACL. This somewhat common injury led to a much more uncommon condition: complex regional pain syndrome. This hasn’t stopped Allison though, as she has recently crushed her first belt goal!


This past New Years, Allison made the decision to start climbing, and because she couldn’t put a climbing shoe on her right foot, she had to figure out another way. She now has a pad with sticky rubber on her right knee that she uses as her other “foot”. After training 4 days a week, sometime 4-5 hours per day, she felt ready for the World Championships in Brainçon, France on July 16-17.

It was so cool being able to spend time with the adaptive climbing community, not just from the US but from around the world.

Allison White on her time in Briançon

Allison is under the “limited range of power” or “RP” category of adaptive rock climbing. Within RP there are 3 levels, and Allison is a RP2. She managed to qualify, sent the first route, and made it a long ways up the second! As if going to the event wasn’t enough, she placed 10th out of 16 competitors in her category! For only being 7 months into climbing, I’d chock that up as a HUGE win. Keep at it Allison, we can’t wait to see what walls you scale next!

The Arcade Belt Program


The Arcade Belt Program was put in place to provide our athletes with a system for setting goals. Similar to a karate belt system, athletes move through the ranks when they complete goals they set for themselves and receive a belt with stars corresponding to the goal number they accomplish.


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