I’m not really cut out for rock climbing. Running, mountain biking, Soul Cycle, whatever, I can pass with flying colors. But rock climbing involves a whole lot of upper body strength of which I do not have.
BUT 2016 is all about new year, new us, so after carb loading at The Coffee Shop we hit the subway and headed to Brooklyn Boulders. After a (very) quick lesson on how to put on your harness and clip yourself in to the ropes, we were released into the wild to climb around with abandon.
There are basically three categories of climbing at BKB… 1) walls with automatic pulleys 2) walls with manual pulleys (you have to be trained to do this – well kind of, we talked to several people who just claimed they were qualified and went for it) and 3) walls with no harness requirement that you just fall onto the padded ground if you lose your grip.
We went with options 1 & 3 and had a great time climbing, falling, getting stuck at the top, and mostly looking really dumb in comparison to all of the hardcore people who know what they’re doing (but got an extra ab workout from laughing so hard).
Brooklyn Boulder is great for small and schmedium groups. We ran into a friend who was (dun, dun, dun) on a first date there, so don’t rule that out as an option either. Go while it’s still -20 degrees and half snow/half icing out.
BKB is located at 575 Degraw St. (Corner of 3rd Ave. and Degraw St.). A day pass is $28 and you can rent the harness and climbing kicks for $6 each.