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THE CLIFFS AT DUMBO: GET YOUR OUTDOOR ROCK CLIMBING FIX THIS SUMMER IN NYC

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GABRIELLE KASSEL

JUL 14, 2020

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Maybe you’re a Pacific Northwestern climber stuck in the city of chaos. Maybe you’re looking to jazz up your weekend adventures or your workout routine. Or maybe you need a new date spot. Whatever your reason or motivation, if you’re looking to climb outdoors this summer, there’s only one place to be: The Cliffs at DUMBO.

PUTTING THE JUNGLE IN CONCRETE JUNGLE

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Less concrete jungle and more plain ’ol jungle, the bouldering walls Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (that means DUMBO, duh) have been a hit for bouldering enthusiasts and newbies alike since it opened in the summer 2016. ICYDK, “bouldering” means there’s no harnesses. So you’re out of luck if you were hoping to get an outdoor climbing experience in NYC with ropes.

Picture this: You’ve just chalked up your hands, and you’re standing at the base of the biggest outdoor climbing wall in North America that isn’t actually made of mountain rock. You start climbing, one color-coded peg at a time. Above you, the Q train is rumbling. Below you, the super-friendly staff shouts words of encouragement and helpful tips about where to place that left foot. You reach the top! You climb back down! And you spend the rest of the afternoon taking in the views of Downtown Manhattan and contemplating whether or not to try a harder route.

If you’re a regular NYC climber, just note: this isn’t the 22,000 square feet of space that Brooklyn Boulders boasts, nor is it the over 10,000 square feet of craggy terrain you’ll find Chelsea Piers Sports Center. If sprawling walls is your wish, this outdoor spot isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for a cool community vibe, epic post-work workout, or weekend with a view, this is your place.

TAKE ON THE CLIFFS

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You can get a Season Pass for $225, which includes unlimited climbing through the spring, summer, and fall (only available to purchase at The Cliffs at DUMBO in May), or you can get a $45 monthly membership. But you also can’t beat the day pass price, which is $10 including shoes. If you’ve been to any typical climbing gym, you know that’s a steal.

Check out the only outdoor climbing gym in the Big Apple for training hard, hanging out, bouldering, and climbing to new heights anytime between 12pm and 8pm on weekdays and 9am and 8pm on weekends.

Fitt Tip: the lines aren’t too bad weeknights and weekend mornings, but the post-brunch rush is real, so plan accordingly.

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