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New Jersey Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The Garden State offers a wide array of climbing on a variety of different rock types. From Watchung Mountain Basalt near Montclair and Millburn to the granite slabs of Allamuchy, there is nice amount of rock to be climbed.

Much of the climbing New Jersey is in Essex County and Bergen County, the 2 most densely populated counties in the state, as well as being in the same population bracket as NYC, and many areas are closed. Mills County Park is one of the few that remains open. Although much of the roped climbing is forbidden, there is a variety of bouldering in South Mountain and Eagle Rock Reservations.

On the western side of the state, Delaware Water Gap holds many multi-pitch rock routes on the same rock as the Gunks. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area also offers ice climbing on both the NJ and PA sides.

The Highlands of Northern Jersey include Jenny Jump and Pine Paddies State Park. Wawayanda State Park has some bouldering along the Appalachian Trail near Mountain Creek Ski Resort, with some 8+ feet tall boulders. The Princeton area has a lot of wonderful bouldering opportunities as well.

The guidebook for the area is Rock Climbing: New Jersey by Paul Nick and Neil J.A.Sloane, published by Falcon Press. It has some good topos and photos, especially for Delaware Water Gap.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

199 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in New Jersey

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for New Jersey:
the layback   V2- 5+     Boulder, 10'   Parsippany Rock House
The Cling   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Devil's Half Acre
The Wave   V2 5+     Boulder   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Devil's Half Acre
Crankshaft   V2 5+     Boulder   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Devil's Half Acre
Jay's Days   V2 5+ PG13     Boulder   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Southfield
Good Vibrations   V4 6B     Boulder   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Half Moon Area
The Rib   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : Triumverate Wall
Triumverate   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : Triumverate Wall
Shadow Line   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : Triumverate Wall
Tanemund   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : Triumverate Wall
Princeton Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Ricks Rocks
Blairstown Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Ricks Rocks
5.7 (Main Wall, Right)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   Allamuchy State Park : Main Wall and Right Wall
Black Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : The Black Wall
A Lyttle to the left   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, TR, 30'   High Point
Double Overhang   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : Double Overhang Area
Hourglass   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, TR, 60'   Allamuchy State Park : Main Wall and Right Wall
corkscrew   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : The Great Arch
A Year in the Life, Variation 2, Left Start   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 60'   Allamuchy State Park : Main Wall and Right Wall
Free Radical   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Ricks Rocks
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi V3 6A  NJ : Allamuchy Highlands Trail L...
Sit start on the left side of the Karate Kid bulge. With your left hand in a slippery crystalline pocket, right hand on a sharp crimp, both feet off to the right on a small shelf. Left foot to a small edge. Deadpoint to an adequate handhold or the nice jug, then top out over the tallest point. Alternatively: stand start right hand in the jug, left hand in the crystalline pocket. Right foot on the shelf, top out over tallest point. Mr Miyagi stand start (V2)...[more]   Browse More Classics in NJ

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By jia
Apr 25, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: bear den cracks, nw nj
bear den cracks, nw nj


one of jersey's unsung classic trad routes. crux isn't the crack but rather the bear den at the base of crack. climb in season only...

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