Friday, July 20, 2012

NYC Bouldering Guide

New York City is probably one of the last places you would ever imagine going rock climbing, and rightly so. It's doesn't have any mountains, hills or cliffs and is best known for its vast expanses of streets and sky scrapers.

So you may have guessed from the title of this blog that although the city lacks any large rock faces, it is home to a variety of fantastic schist boulders and rocky outcrops. Hidden within the concrete jungle, amongst the the many parks and green spaces, lay one of New York's best kept secrets as far as climbing is concerned!

These massive boulders are home to some very strong climbers such as Ivan Greene and Brian Kim who have made V11 and V12 first ascents across the park. Climbing in the city also has a rich history dating back to the 1960's and possible earlier. It is thought that the great George Mallory may have climbed the rock at central park during his visit in the earl 1920's. 

However, everything you have just read is barely documented and could be fact or fiction. They are stories and snippets of information that i have gathered from the people I've met while living here in NY. I decided that because finding information on climbing in the city was so difficult to come by and in high demand, (go down to rat rock any day and ask if anyone knows of all the routes!) I would take the time to put everyone's knowledge into a book so that everyone can enjoy the climbing history that is written in the rock.

So with the help of some great people I have began to make what will be a complete guide to NYC Bouldering. It will be published by Sharp End Books and I will be donating a percentage of the books revenue to the Access Fund who help keep our climbing areas open. 

The book is still around a year away from completion and here is a sneak peak of what you can expect!