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Most people who boulder in NYC will head straight to Rat Rock as it is the most famous but there are many hidden gems scattered throughout the park. In fact many consider Slingblade in Van Cortlandt Park to be the single best problem in NYC. Van Cortlandt is the only section of NYC that is composed of Gneiss.
Until recently, many of the parks were technically closed to bouldering. We all owe a huge thanks to Fred Polvere who worked to get bouldering approved by the New York City Parks (NYCP) with the exception of Fort Tryon. Most of the bouldering at Fort Tryon is located off the paved trail system but it is the narrow walkways hemmed in by a stonewall on one side and the boulder on the other. The problems on the Life is Beautiful boulder are closed and should be avoided while Fred is working to get this park open as well.
Access Fund: NYC Parks Open to Bouldering
Guidebooks: There are two available guides NYC Bouldering by Gaz Leah from Sharpend Books and Manhattan on the Rocks by Conor O'Hale and produced by Gunks Apps.
NYC Bouldering contains 280 problems in the following parks: Central Park, Morningside Park, St Nicholas Park, High Bridge Park, Loony Bin, Harlem River Park, Fort Tryon Park, Inwood Hill Park, Van Cortlandt Park
Manhattan on the Rocks contain 295 problems in the same parks listed above but also includes Van Cortlandt Park.
2013 Available for $22 from Sharpend Books and local climbing shops. New York City Bouldering
2017 Available for $14.99 on iOS and Android from Manhattan on the Rocks, Gunks Apps
1988 Mostly for historical context this early guide gives a great look into the early days of Central Park Bouldering.
Nicolas Falacci Online Guide
The bouldering begins at the most popular areas at the south end of Central Park. The excellent bouldering found at Central Park North is often overlooked. The parks going North each have their own character and offer different types of settings from nice spots for a group to areas to get a daily burn or solitary projects worth returning to.
Classic Climbing Routes at New York City
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