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New Jersey Rock Climbing 

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The Garden State offers a wide array of climbing on a variety of different rock types. From Watchung Mountain Basalt near Montclair and Millburn to the granite slabs of Allamuchy, there is nice amount of rock to be climbed.

Much of the climbing New Jersey is in Essex County and Bergen County, the 2 most densely populated counties in the state, as well as being in the same population bracket as NYC, and many areas are closed. Mills County Park is one of the few that remains open. Although much of the roped climbing is forbidden, there is a variety of bouldering in South Mountain and Eagle Rock Reservations.

On the western side of the state, Delaware Water Gap holds many multi-pitch rock routes on the same rock as the Gunks. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area also offers ice climbing on both the NJ and PA sides.

The Highlands of Northern Jersey include Jenny Jump and Pine Paddies State Park. Wawayanda State Park has some bouldering along the Appalachian Trail near Mountain Creek Ski Resort, with some 8+ feet tall boulders. The Princeton area has a lot of wonderful bouldering opportunities as well.

The guidebook for the area is Rock Climbing: New Jersey by Paul Nick and Neil J.A.Sloane, published by Falcon Press. It has some good topos and photos, especially for Delaware Water Gap.

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320 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',80],['2 Stars',118],['1 Star',82],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in New Jersey

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for New Jersey:
The Gator   V2 5+     Boulder   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Roaring Rocks
The Wave   V2 5+     Boulder   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Devil's Half Acre
The Cling   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Devil's Half Acre
Piston   V4 6B     Boulder   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Devil's Half Acre
Good Vibrations   V4 6B     Boulder   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Half Moon Area
Sideways   V5 6C     Boulder   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Backyard Boulders
The Dwarf   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Half Moon Area
The Wave Full   V6 7A     Boulder   Sourland Mountain Preserve : Devil's Half Acre
The Rib   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : Triumverate Wall
Triumverate   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : Triumverate Wall
Shadow Line   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : Triumverate Wall
Mr. Mantis the Podiatrist   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Ricks Rocks
Blairstown Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Ricks Rocks
Black Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : The Black Wall
5.7 (Main Wall, Right)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   Allamuchy State Park : Main Wall and Right Wall
Double Overhang   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : Double Overhang Area
Hourglass   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, TR, 60'   Allamuchy State Park : Main Wall and Right Wall
corkscrew   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : The Great Arch
Death Don't Have No Mercy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : Death Don't Have No Mercy
A Year in the Life, Variation 2, Left Start   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 60'   Allamuchy State Park : Main Wall and Right Wall
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Mr. Mantis the Podiatrist 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  New Jersey : Ricks Rocks
Great Route for the area! Start at Proboscis, but angle left onto the left side of the prominent arete and nose. Climb the crack 15 up and continue up past a bulge until you reach the base of the nose jetting out of the cliff (crux). Once you reach the ceiling, climb the airy traverse to an opening, then up to the top where three trees can be used as anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Jersey

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By jia
Apr 25, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: bear den cracks, nw nj
bear den cracks, nw nj

one of jersey's unsung classic trad routes. crux isn't the crack but rather the bear den at the base of crack. climb in season only...

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