My Niyah Jean was born with Brachial Plexus (The brachial plexus is a group of nerves around shoulder. A loss of movement or weakness of the arm may occur if these nerves are damaged. This injury is called neonatal brachial plexus palsy) but that hasn’t stopped her from mastering just about any two-handed activity! Since she was born, she overcame any obstacle set before her. She couldn’t crawl on two hands, but she managed a one arm crawl, a butt scoot and decided it was time to start walking at nine months old!
Today she and her BFF Kolby Simms are enjoying a day of Free climbing at the New Orleans Boulder Lounge (NOBL) located in our community of St. Roch.
On Thursday August 15th St. Roch Community Church and the St. Roch Neighborhood Association hosted a community Back to School Jam. The kids were surprised to find two free climb coupons inside the colorful sporty backpacks filled with school supplies.
The following Sunday we walked up the neutral ground to NOBL were I read my book and watched them wear themselves out.
NOBL is a great addition to our neighborhood, the staff are very nice and they make that everyone has a wonderful safe fun experience. The only downside is it can be a bit pricy for families in our community, but I believe they offer First Free Friday’s and special pricing. I was able to snag a Groupon last year I believe for $10 for four of us. But the DAY PASSES are $16 for adults and kids 12 and under $10, plus shoe rental is $4 which is quite expensive. I’ll list the website link below.
Check out their video to learn about what the colors means, why Niyah looks so dusty and witness their climb to the top!
NEW ORLEANS BOULDER LOUNGE
Home of New Orleans’ climbing community.
In our efforts to make NOBL a safe and inclusive place for all to climb, we are proud to offer monthly events with FREE ACCESS and intentional spaces for various groups within our community.
Ladies Climbing Nights, presented by Ladies Climbing Coalition!
This event is FREE and open to any female identifying folk and/or anyone who feels more comfortable climbing in an intentional femme-centric space.
Run by women, the Ladies Climbing Coalition is dedicated to strengthening and promoting the presence of women in the sport of climbing, though connections and empowerment. Inspiration and motivation are direct effects of engaging with other women in our sport. The LCC is dedicated to provided opportunities for women to climb together, and connect on various levels. We promote climbers of all levels and in all types of climbing.
LGBT+ Climb Night, presented by OUTclimb!
NOBL is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for the New Orleans LGBTQ community to come together, climb, socialize, and play. Queer Climbing Night is a dedicated space for the queer community to climb and exercise in what is often a cis-centric, hetero-dominated environment. As always, this event is FREE, available to anyone who identifies as LGBTQ or feels more comfortable in a dedicated queer and trans-friendly space, and open to allies with a suggested donation of $10-$20.
Climbers of Color Night, presented by Climbers of Color!
Every month, Climbers of Color hosts a FREE climbing meetup for any and all people of color. Climbers of Color strives to celebrate and foster diversity in the climbing community by enabling minority visibility, mitigating barriers of entry, and empowering all climbers of color. Anti-racist allies are encouraged to attend with a suggested donation of $10-$20.
Click link below for more info.