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So You Want to Climb Outside..

Melissa R.
Pound Ridge, NY
Post #: 131
So many people ask me, now that they have learned to climb at TRC, where can they climb outside? So I am going to tell you a few places I know. Most of the info is courtesy of 'routes' section of

To start, just look at the park when you come to TRC! for Stephenson Boulder!
Fun boulder to climb only three problems discovered but hopefully more to come
Nearest town or city: New Rochelle
Directions: In the park on Stephenson Blvrd. in New Rochelle New York,its off of Palmer Avenue Boulder is in plain site of the road. Right around the corner from The Rock Club climbing gym.
Access Issues: in a park so climbing boulder after dusk is prohibited

Next, the name you will hear the most "The Gunks"
About The Gunks:
Most climbing in the Gunks is located on the Mohonk Preserve they charge a day use fee of $15/person (climbing) or $9/person (hiking or biking). Yearly memberships are also avalible for $50/year + $35 for climbing and $15 for biking. Each additional adult from the same household is $15.
-NY State multi use area on RT 299 1/3 mile from intersection of 299 with 44/55 offers about 25 tent sites for free.
Camp Slime, located by the steel bridge is for tent camping.
There is some pay camping nearby.
New Paltz Hostel 145 Main Street New Paltz, NY 12561 phone: 845-255-6676 email:craigshe­ Opening May 25th, the hostel offers overnight stays for $24.50 per person. These prices include bed linens, towels, free local phone calls, on-site coin-op laundry, and fully equipped kitchen and parlor. We are conveniently located in the Village of New Paltz, immediately next door to the Trailways Bus Station. The hostel maintains a smoke and alcohol-free environment for it's guests. Operating as a traditional hostel, guest are expected to perform some minor housekeeping each day.
Nearest town or city: New Paltz
Directions: Exit 18 off of Interstate 87. Take left (this is Main St, New Paltz / RT 299) End of RT 299 Take right parking is on the right 1/2 mile up hill or 1 mile on right at the West Trapps parking lot.
Latitude, Longitude: 41.74263, -74.20012
Camping: Yes

I have to mention my local spot, even if it is too far for you: Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
About Ward Pound Ridge Reservation:
The Pound ridge reservation offers a few surprisingly fun possibilities, both for bouldering and trad. An area known as Leatherman's cave has a few steep walls with accessible walk arounds for top roping. there is nothing published anywhere that i can find about climbing in this area, but there is a beautiful roof crack with a few fixed pieces dangling towards the left of most prominent wall in the area.
Nearest town or city: Cross River, NY
Directions: The main entrance to the reservation is located on route 121 right after it's intersection with route 35 in cross river. However, the easiest way to get to leatherman's is by parking on Honey Hollow rd, which is off 121 a little ways further down. Drive on this road for half a mile and keep a look out for a trailhead on the left. explore the area, there is a wooden bridge near the entrance of the trail. this trail also leads to a lookout point with great exposure.
Access Issues: There is camping at designated leanto's through out the reservation, although most are a few miles hike from this climbing area, and there is a fee to use them.
Camping: Yes

Next, something maybe closer, Bronxville.
About Benziger Boulder:
15 foot tall boulder with a great top out and little path to get back down. there are liebacks, stemming and a variety of climbs all around this thing, i'd say there are a good 4-5 routes you could make out of it. it is in a dog walking park/ someone's backyard but it is public property until dusk.
Nearest town or city: Bronxville, ny
Directions: park on sagamore rd and walk up to around 60 sagamore rdand look for a park on the left if heading north on sagamore. then follow path to the north western quadrant of the park. it is down toward the road [not sagamore rd] and a bit hidden but keep looking!.
Latitude, Longitude: 40.94564, -73.83338
Access Issues: avoid the small cliffs and boulders to the northern most bit those are private property and you will get angry neighbors annoyed with you if you climb those. otherwise its an open park... bring a decent pad and a friend to spot you.

A great first place to go for roped climbing is up to West Point!
Poison Ivy Wall
About Poison Ivy Wall:
Go to West Point but becore the main gate, turn right becore the McDonalds. You can park at the old Marina at the bottom for $5 to the fellow who lives in the old station.
Blasted Wall with 63+ Climbs (bolted/sport)
Nearest town or city: West Point, NY
Access Issues: On West Point federal land with right of way for the railroad, watch out for the freight trains!
Camping: No

So, Get outside and get climbing!

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