After being diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma in 2009, leading to her partial leg amputation, Kareemah attended the Colorado Mountain School in 2011 where she fell in love with climbing. She became the first female paraclimber in a USA Climbing Competition. She has served as a team official for the USA Paraclimbing team since 2017.  In 2012, she was inspired to found the  Adaptive Climbing Group, the largest climbing program for people with disabilities in the country, It is 100% volunteer run; and she remains its Program Director. Additionally, she currently serves on committees and boards across the outdoor industry for diversity initiatives such as Access Fund, Brooklyn Boulders Foundation, American Alpine Club, USA Climbing, NYC Department of Transportation, Brown Girls Climb.

In addition to her non-profit passions she is a consultant to brands, climbing businesses, events, and guiding companies. Her work includes training and developing sustainable accessible opportunities for people with disabilities. She travels the country and the world educating, and speaking on behalf of her lived experience as a person with a disability serving others like her with intersectionalities of race, sex, and socio-economic under representation. Clientele is diverse with the likes of AdidasTERREX, Dartmouth, Elizabeth City State University, BackCountry and National Park services to name a few.

Awards and Honors

Winner of the 2013 ADA Sapolin award given to her by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion for her creation of integrated climbing communities for people with disabilities.

Recipient of the 2019 Climbing Advocate Award by Access Fund for: “outstanding climbing advocacy, dedication to fostering a more diverse and inclusive climbing community; and leadership and service on behalf of adaptive climbers”

In 2023 American Alpine Club named her “Change Maker of the Year” for the the creation and work of Adaptive Climbing Group