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Central Park Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 40'
Location: 40.7811, -73.9667 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Oct 16, 2007  with updates from Gaz Leah


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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.


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

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.2 miles from here

52 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Central Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Central Park:
Cat Arete   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 15'   Cat Rock
The flake   V0-1 4+     Boulder, 12'   Rat Rock
Squash the Slug   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   Worthless Boulder
The Arete   V2 5+     Boulder   Worthless Boulder
The Fridge   V2 5+     Boulder   Westside Outcrops
Death By Dizzy   V2 5+     Boulder, 25'   Rat Rock
Tweaky Shit   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   Rat Rock
Mother's Milk   V2 5+     Boulder   Rat Rock
Mean Green   V4+ 6B+     Boulder   Worthless Boulder
The Polish Traverse   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Rat Rock
A.D.H.D   V6 7A     Boulder   Worthless Boulder
A.D.D.   V6 7A     Boulder   Worthless Boulder
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Sweat of the Rapist V10 7C+  New York : New York City : ... : Worthless Boulder
A very tough classic test piece! It is a four move extension to the Family Values traverse V6. The extension alone is rated at V9! Start all the way on the right side of the boulder with matched hands and a heel hook on great edge. From here move out left hand far to a heinous crimp. Then move right hand to a small, vertical, rightward tending side pull crimp all the while maintaining the heel hook on the great edge. Move left hand over to starting holds of Family Values then move right hand ove...[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

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By Ken H
From: Granite, UT
Jun 29, 2011
Checkout for more info and pictures of route lines.
By Spider Savage
Oct 15, 2012
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.
By Nicolas Falacci
From: Pasadena, CA
Oct 8, 2015
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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Updated Chess Rock sections. Wonderful moderate vertical problems that few people climb.

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