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Areas in Central Park

Cat Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Chess Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Freestanding Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Rat Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Shit Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Split Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Tooth Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Westside Outcrops 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Worthless Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Y Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0

Description

Central park is a jewel within New York City, and although not a primary destination for climbers, scattered throughout its 843 acres are a series of small outcrops, that present the boulderer with an opportunity for some outdoor exercise.

Central Park is bordered on the north by West 110th Street, on the west by Central Park West, on the south by West 59th Street, and on the east by Fifth Avenue.

Getting There

There are lots of buses and subway lines that you can use. Check out the details for the individual areas for specifics.

Guidebooks

A great resource for bouldering in NYC is Gaz Leah's NYC Bouldering

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Nicolas Falacci
Pasadena, CA
Nicolas Falacci   Pasadena, CA
Hey, just popping in to say that I have been slowly updating finishing the online version of this guide -- started back in 1988. I'm also updating and including new photos. Still not entirely finished, but what is there is there.

My intention is to complete the guide with the areas it originally covered (Central Park, Ft Tryon, Inwood, Riverside Park) ... and leave the rest to Gaz Leah's great new guide that does a excellent job documenting all the newer areas that've been developed.

I guess my only excuse for not finishing it entirely yet is ... this is my hobby and IT'S FREE! :)

If you're tired of the super tweaky stuff on the mica schist that rips your skin off ... try some of the updated easy problems on Chess Rock.



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Oct 8, 2015
The rock in Central Park is a very nice gneiss. If you are visiting NYC Central Park is a great place to hike and boulder. Wear a good pair of sticky rubber approach shoes while walking Central Park and take advantage of many small 2-3 move bolder problems all over the park. Oct 15, 2012
Ken H
Granite, UT
Ken H   Granite, UT
Checkout beta-boy.com/nycboulderingg… for more info and pictures of route lines. Jun 29, 2011

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