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Pile Driver V4 - North Central Park


Although limited there is some good bouldering to be found in and around the numerous parks in NYC. Just being outdoors in one of the numerous parks in the city feels good, but being outdoors with climbing shoes and chalk bag feels way better.

The new in 2017 New York City Bouldering guidebook is a great resource, and is available online.

Getting There 

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

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.1 miles from here

57 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in New York City

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for New York City:
Cat Arete   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 15'   Central Park : Cat Rock
The flake   V0-1 4+     Boulder, 12'   Central Park : Rat Rock
Squash the Slug   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   Central Park : Worthless Boulder
The Arete   V2 5+     Boulder   Central Park : Worthless Boulder
The Fridge   V2 5+     Boulder   Central Park : Westside Outcrops
Death By Dizzy   V2 5+     Boulder, 25'   Central Park : Rat Rock
Tweaky Shit   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   Central Park : Rat Rock
Mother's Milk   V2 5+     Boulder   Central Park : Rat Rock
Mean Green   V4+ 6B+     Boulder   Central Park : Worthless Boulder
The Polish Traverse   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Central Park : Rat Rock
A.D.H.D   V6 7A     Boulder   Central Park : Worthless Boulder
A.D.D.   V6 7A     Boulder   Central Park : Worthless Boulder
The Wall   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 120'   Times Square
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Family Values V6 7A  New York : New York City : ... : Worthless Boulder
Start on two rightward tending holds to the left of the dark overhanging face. The right hand has been reinforced on. (Same start as Mean Green). From here make a slightly awkward move to the jug shelf out right and match. Move up with right hand to a small rightward tending crystal hold. Then turn the corner and grab the lower jug of Voodoo Bullshit with the left hand. Then either match the jug or use the side pull to gain the big undercling and starting hold on Voodoo Bullshit. From here conti...[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

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By Fred Knapp
Sep 2, 2013
NYC BOULDERING by Gareth Leah is now at the printer and due at the end of September. Look for it at local outdoor shops or online at The book is available for pre-purchase and comes with a free iOS eBook.
By Edubs
Apr 16, 2015
Does anyone know the current legality of bouldering around NYC? Last time I was at Fort Tryon there were a lot of not very friendly "no climbing" signs.
By G R
Apr 21, 2015
I climb in Fort Tryon relatively often, though mostly at the traverse wall and the Life is Beautiful boulder, both of which are pretty well established - I've never yet had an issue about it. I do want to explore some of the rock that has yet to be developed for climbing in the area, but I don't know much about the rules regarding that.
By Nicolas Falacci
From: Pasadena, CA
Oct 8, 2015
Originally the City Climbers Club had a formal arrangement with the Parks and Recreation department. As long as ropes and gear was not used, climbers were free to boulder in the parks of Manhattan. (With the exception of Vista Rock at the Belvedere Castle.)

However, I have heard in recent years that the Parks staffers in Ft Tryon aren't keen on it. Probably because the Cloisters is up there ... I dunno. Unfortunately, I don't think the club exists anymore and the people we used to deal with in the Parks dept are probably different.

I do know that the folks who oversee Inwood Park are VERY sensitive to climbers going in there due to the Native American sites.

Leah's new guide does an awesome job laying out a lot of sites in northern Manhattan that have bee developed. A lot of those places will be free from hassle.

If you're interested in the old original guide ... I'm slowly updating it (it will just cover the original areas it covered in 1988 - Central Park, Riverside, Ft Tryon, Inwood Park)

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