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Elevation: 145 ft 44 m
GPS: 40.85013, -72.95851
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Located in southeastern New York State, Long Island is the longest and largest island in the contiguous United States. Given its generally flat topography, Long Island would not readily come to mind as offering any climbing opportunities. However, Long Island is the product of two glacial moraines. The glaciers that formed these moraines carried large boulders from New England and deposited them as they receded. Fortunately, these boulders were left exposed in various spots throughout the island and provide quality bouldering opportunities for a small, but passionate climbing community.

Bouldering areas can be found widely distributed across Long Island, from as far west as Manhasset (Shelter Rock) to the easternmost reaches of the North Fork (East Marion). While none of these areas will ever be a destination, they offer a decent quantity of climbs on usually very high quality rock in frequently highly aesthetic locations. It's pretty hard to track down accurate names and first ascent info for all the climbs, though the vast majority of climbs were developed by a small, but highly motivated crew from Island Rock back in the day lead by Jack La Russa, Chris Ortiz, Mike Coniker, Mike Pollina, and John Berggren.

A few special considerations:

-Several of the areas are affected by tides and may not be climbable during high tides.

-Long Island is known for its abundance of ticks, particularly Deer Ticks (which carry Lyme Disease), so take precautions when out in the woods.

-Several areas may be on private property or are accessed through private property. (It's hard to know with the coastal areas.) So, please be respectful and keep a low profile.

-Treat these areas with respect. Brush your chalk and ticks. Clean up after yourself and pack out any litter you might see.

-Everything you climb/find has almost certainly been climbed before. There are only a few potential FAs left and those are in the v11 and up category.


For the best and most up to date information, purchase the Gunks App 'Long Island Bouldering' guide written by Eric Marx and Sabrina Crispyn.

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Most of the areas are found along the northern portion of Suffolk County, which occupies the eastern part of Long Island. Click on the individual areas for specific directions to each bouldering location.

175 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Long Island

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 12
South Crack
Boulder
V1 5
 11
West Crack
Boulder
V1 5
 7
South West Overhang Direct
Boulder
V1+ 5
 10
Delivery
Boulder
V1-2 5
 5
Golden
Boulder
V3 6A
 9
Shine Box
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 13
Father And Son
Boulder
V4 6B R
 8
Little Horn / Big Horn
Boulder
V4 6B
 7
Parachute Landing Fall
Boulder
V4 6B
 8
Spitshine Tommy
Boulder
V4 6B
 8
Storm The Teepee
Boulder
V6 7A
 8
Fisherman's Friend
Boulder
V6 7A
 8
Hillside Strangler
Boulder
V8 7B
 7
Postal
Boulder
V8+ 7B+
 4
Six Swans A-Swimming
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
South Crack Split Rock > Southern Boulder
 12
V0 4 Boulder
West Crack Split Rock > High Ball Boulder
 11
V1 5 Boulder
South West Overhang Direct Split Rock > Southern Boulder
 7
V1 5 Boulder
Delivery Wildwood SP > Bluff Boulders
 10
V1+ 5 Boulder
Golden Duck Pond Point… > Golden Boulder
 5
V1-2 5 Boulder
Shine Box Split Rock > Southern Boulder
 9
V3 6A Boulder
Father And Son E Marion Boulders > Fat Boy Boulder
 13
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Little Horn / Big Horn Split Rock > High Ball Boulder
 8
V4 6B R Boulder
Parachute Landing Fall Wildwood SP > Bluff Boulders
 7
V4 6B Boulder
Spitshine Tommy Split Rock > Southern Boulder
 8
V4 6B Boulder
Storm The Teepee Split Rock > Southern Boulder
 8
V4 6B Boulder
Fisherman's Friend E Marion Boulders > Fat Boy Boulder
 8
V6 7A Boulder
Hillside Strangler Wildwood SP > Bluff Boulders
 8
V6 7A Boulder
Postal Wildwood SP > Bluff Boulders
 7
V8 7B Boulder
Six Swans A-Swimming E Marion Boulders > Fat Boy Boulder
 4
V8+ 7B+ Boulder
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