Climbing in New York City, NY
About New York City Climbing
Admittedly, there isn't much by way of epic rock climbing in the city of Manhattan. But if you have a love of bordering and puzzling out small problems, then you're in the right spot.
For the best/easiest-to-find bouldering, head to Central Park and look for the Cat and Rat rocks. Both are about 15 feet high, but the problems on them can be tricky enough that even an experienced climber won't feel let down. Plus, there are tons of fellow climbers around, so you'll be able to get advice and encouragement most times you're there. For a slightly less packed spot, check out the bouldering at High Bridge Park.
To log some gym time, Brooklyn Boulders is a great destination, with well-maintained and frequently changed problems on the many walls, funky colors and decor (think more graffiti than your average rock gym) and huge span of different people coming in to climb.
If you're a true climber, consider heading three hours north to The Gunks, one of the premier climbing destinations on the East Coast. You won't regret it.
Indoor climbing doesn't need to be painful, and at the Brooklyn Boulders Climbing Gym, it's actually a fun experience! This climbing gym definitely has a hipper vibe than most, so expect lots of tattoos, and take in the funky graffiti in the building.
While it's hard to find outdoor climbing in the city, there are some hidden gems uptown. Grab your bouldering pad and head to High Bridge Park, Fort Tryon Park or Inwood Hills Park to explore!
There aren't many places to climb outside in the middle of the city, but if you head to Central Park, you can tackle a few classic bouldering problems that have been around for 30 years.
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