Starting January 1st 2021, we will be introducing a new pricing structure for memberships and day use. We are switching to a tiered pricing model. We are making this change because we believe that economic status should not be a barrier to climbing, and we recognize that issues of social injustice and inequity affect the economic standing of many folx in our community. Our pricing model features three tiers:
- Standard Rate: the true cost of operating the gym in a good way
- Access & Equity Rate: reduced rate designed to mitigate economic barriers caused by social injustice
- Sustainer Rate: a way for those with economic wealth and social earning power to support NOBL’s ability to offer reduced cost options for others
Nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds: individualized membership rates are available for those who need them. Please visit the Pricing tab on our website to request a subsidized membership or day use rate.
If you are a current member, you will need to self-select for anything other than the standard rate! We will be setting everyone’s membership to the standard rate for January 1 unless you let us know that you would like to change to the discounted Access & Equity Rate or the Sustainer Rate. For current NOBL members, you can let us know of your rate preference by completing the Membership Pricing Tier Request Form.
Incorporating a tiered pricing system is a way for us to cultivate a more equitable and accessible climbing gym. This guide is intended as a map, inviting us to take a closer look at the privileges we experience and the earning & spending power we have within an economic system that is structurally unjust. The hope is that everyone can find a price that makes sense for them personally. Please review the information below in navigating the right price for you or your family.
Please consider paying the Standard price or more if you…
- – travel recreationally
- – work part time by choice or can afford to take time off
- – regularly eat out, buy new clothes, attend leisure events without worrying much about your budget
- – own a car or the home you live in
- – have investments, retirement accounts, inherited money, or access to family money and resources in times of need
- – have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, we ask you to recognize this as a choice.
Consider paying the Access & Equity rate if you…
- – are not always able to meet basic needs and rarely buy new items
- – are supporting children or have other dependents
- – have been denied work due to employment discrimination
- – have immigration-related expenses
- – support an elder with limited financial resources
- – have medical expenses not covered by insurance
- – are an unpaid community organizer
- – make under $18,000/year (not because you are working part-time by choice)
Please review the updated pricing below: