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Description

As our world becomes more populated and hectic we often seek to flee the cities in search of a bit of rock tucked away somewhere quiet. Bouldering in Manhattan proves that sometimes you don't need to leave the city but rather go in deeper. There are about 300 documented problems from V0 to V12 (there are four V12's!)  from Central Park in Manhattan to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The metamorphosed gritty schist provides a wide variety of interesting bouldering that crops up next to busy streets but is also found tucked away in a quiet little section of some of the parks.

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

Getting There

From almost any airport in the world, fly to JFK, Newark or LaGuardia, and follow all the people into Manhattan.

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.




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Classic Climbing Routes at New York City

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V0+ 4+
 28
Rat Rock Traverse
Boulder
V0-1 4+
 54
The flake
Boulder
V1 5
 41
Cat Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 20
The Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 26
Voodoo Bullshit/Bring the Noise
Boulder
V2 5+
 15
The Fridge
Boulder
V3 6A
 3
Scratching Post
Boulder
V4 6B
 7
Terrordome
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 14
Mean Green
Boulder
V5 6C
 32
The Polish Traverse
Boulder
V5 6C
 3
Life is Beautiful
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 14
A.D.H.D
Boulder
V6 7A
 13
A.D.D.
Boulder
V6 7A
 10
Family Values
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 20
The Wall
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rat Rock Traverse Central Park > Rat Rock
 28
V0+ 4+ Boulder
The flake Central Park > Rat Rock
 54
V0-1 4+ Boulder
Cat Arete Central Park > Cat Rock
 41
V1 5 Boulder
The Arete Central Park > Worthless Boulder
 20
V2 5+ Boulder
Voodoo Bullshit/Bring the N… Central Park > Worthless Boulder
 26
V2 5+ Boulder
The Fridge Central Park > Westside Outcrops
 15
V2 5+ Boulder
Scratching Post Central Park > Cat Rock
 3
V3 6A Boulder
Terrordome Central Park > Worthless Boulder
 7
V4 6B Boulder
Mean Green Central Park > Worthless Boulder
 14
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
The Polish Traverse Central Park > Rat Rock
 32
V5 6C Boulder
Life is Beautiful Ft Tryon Park
 3
V5 6C Boulder
A.D.H.D Central Park > Worthless Boulder
 14
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
A.D.D. Central Park > Worthless Boulder
 13
V6 7A Boulder
Family Values Central Park > Worthless Boulder
 10
V6 7A Boulder
The Wall Times Square
 20
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b TR
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