Rock climbing

Harlem Cliffs Bring Rock Climbing to Upper Manhattan

A new fitness center in Manhattan takes rock climbing to new heights.

The Cliffs of Harlem celebrated its grand opening this weekend at 256 W 125th St, directly across from the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and is now open to those wishing to visit Upper Manhattan.

The 15,000 square foot space is now the largest climbing facility in Manhattan and features hundreds of climbs (refreshed weekly) and state-of-the-art climbing training equipment. Among its offerings are campus boards, a tension board and an LED MoonBoard for workout programs, cardio and strength training programs, yoga classes, and an equipment store for indoor and outdoor climbing needs.

If you’re new to rock climbing, you can also head to the gym for a hands-on workout. The Cliffs offers a range of courses and clinics led by industry experts for all levels of experience. There are also opportunities to climb real rocks outdoors with The Cliffs Outdoors. A “Learn to Boulder” package is available for new climbers, which includes unlimited access to the facility, two introductory classes, and rental gear for a month, all for $49.

“We are committed to providing the best climbing experience possible in an inclusive and welcoming environment,” said Mike Wolfert, Founder of The Cliffs. “We are excited to bring this gear to Harlem and be an integral part of the community. I have been climbing indoors and outdoors for a long time, and it has been my passion to introduce the sport to new people,” said Wolfert said.

The new gym joins two other Cliffs locations for bouldering and rock climbing in New York: The Cliffs at LIC in Queens and The Cliffs at DUMBO in Brooklyn (which also has an outdoor bouldering wall). There are also Cliffs sites in Westchester and Philadelphia, and a plan to open a new site in Gowanus later this year.

Photograph: Courtesy of Harlem Cliffs