Karim • Climber & Network Engineer

Karim moved to Denver 18 months ago with his wife, Sheba. By day, Karim is a network engineer. When he’s not on his 9-5 he can be found adventuring the outdoors and rock climbing with friends.

What does it mean to you to be black in Denver?

To be black in Denver or anywhere to me is to be myself, authentically and unapologetically. To be Black and Muslim anywhere in this country, I make sure I am not in the shadows and I participate in things that interest me in my community. Denver is a great city, and from what I have experienced so far, it’s progressive. However, progressive doesn’t always translate to diversity, and it’s my goal to contribute and be visible in the community.

What do you love most about living in Denver?

All the sun! The proximity to the vast amount of outdoor climbing Colorado has to offer. I have not fully explored the city as much as I want to, but the little explorations I’ve had in the city so far have been great.

How have your experiences in Denver shaped you as a creative, entrepreneur, professional, etc.?

The motivation of being around creative people is always a push to do more. There are a lot of great climbers here, and it’s a healthy challenge to push to be better climber and person. Meeting creative and driven black people in Denver is gratifying and cool to see. I have experienced a lot of creative things here that I am always thinking about using in Gambia.