Just 21 years ago (haha), DorisTheExploris was born in an amazing place….Brooklyn, New York! Little did I know I would grow up and learn this amazing, heavenly thing called rock climbing and would step foot just 7 subway stops from where I grew up (Go Bayridge!) into a marvelous climbing gym.
I promise I am not being biased cause I love Brooklyn, but this gym, hands down, is my favorite climbing gym, no exceptions. The vibe, the BOMBER route setting, the endless climbing and bouldering, the fun activities, quality classes, cool Brooklynite staff, and um…yeah bad ass GRAFFITI and music all over to show out the awesome Brooklyn culture.
This gym by far has stolen my heart and anytime I am in NY, this gym is a must, no matter what! When you are traveling for business, take that chill 30 minute subway ride and get to Brooklyn Boulders, no regrets and fun sending.
Tips from one climber to another:
- How to get there – From Manhattan, take the R train straight to Union Street in Brooklyn. When you get off, go left and you will see a Hess Gas station to your left. Keep going 2-3 blocks and take a left at Degraw Street. Go to almost the end of the block and the gym entrance is on your right.
- Day Pass – Costs $20 ($18 for students).
- Hours of Operation – Very extensive hours, duh its Brooklyn, we rock! Hours are Monday through Thursday 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am to midnight, Saturday 8:00 am to midnight, and Sunday 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
- Gear – If you have no gear, pay $10 for the full gear kit.
- Top Rope & Lead Belay Certification – If you are an experienced climber and confident with your belay skills, no reservations are required and the test is fairly straightforward. Top rope belay is all via grigri (every climbing rope is pre-rigged with a grigri) and lead belay is allowed with ATC or grigri.
- Lead Climbing – The gym provides lead ropes. No outside ropes allowed.
- Classes – There is a great catalog of classes from beginner to advanced lead climbing, bouldering, and even SLACK LINING AND BREAK DANCING! Change things up and take a class!
Next time you travel to NYC, make sure to check out Brooklyn Boulders and over 22,000 square feet of purely awesome climbing space! What are you waiting for, get your Brooklyn climbing on, http://www.brooklynboulders.com/!