Shelby Banks

I wish I could say I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado, bur instead I was delivered in a hospital room across the Hudson River from Statue of Liberty and quickly shuttled down south to Atlanta, Charleston, and finally Jacksonville, FL. Fortunately, when I was five-years-old, I was able to visit Colorado for the first time. It did not take long (approximately the length of “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver) for me to fall in love with the mountains and all the adventures to be had among them. I lived for the chance to rock-hop across streams, walk through fields of wildflowers, and stand on the edge of high cliffs. I believe it is these experiences that influenced my decision to enroll at the University of Colorado, where I now study Evolutionary Biology and Ecology. So far, I’ve found that the only downside to living in Colorado is being nearly 2,000 miles away from my beloved dog, Ali.

Beyond climbing and school, I’ve been riding horses since I was seven, competing in countless dressage and jumper events. And yes, riding is a real sport! Since I was 11-years-old, I have also been highly involved in a non-profit called CISV: Building Global Friendships, an organization that strives to foster peace through the development of intercultural relationships and experiential learning among youth from around the world. My involvement in CISV has allowed me to travel internationally and try my hand at leadership roles in local and global settings.

You can also often find me experimenting in the kitchen or with my camera, running the boulder Creek Path, enjoying a downward-facing dog, or playing Settlers of Catan with anyone who will join me! I’m really excited about Feet for Fillings and hope to learn some about you soon, too! And please, if you come hiking, bring your dog!!

Feel free to shoot me an email anytime: shelby.banks@colorado.edu