Thacher State Park: Northeast’s Newest Sport Climbing Area

Rock Climbing Thacher State Park

The Northeast’s newest climbing area is officially open! Thacher State Park will become the first public sport climbing crag to officially open in New York State. As many climbers know sport climbing in this part of the country is few and far between. With New Hampshire’s Rumney Rocks long being the staple for sport climbers in this part of the US, there has been quite an excitement & anticipation for Thacher State Park to open up access to sport climbing closer to New York City.

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Climbing Zimbabwe: Chimanimani National Park

Written & Photographed by Alex Kahn

Boulders of every shape stand before me, some the size of a coin, others bigger than a house. If an all-powerful being and Michelangelo joined forces to create an outdoor marble playground, it would look like Chimanimani National Park. White boulders with black and grey patterns appear blank and daunting, deterring those who are impatient. For those who persist, a variety of climbing holds slowly emerge from within the depths, creating mountains and valleys of endless possibility.

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Finale Ligure: Climbing in the Italian Riviera

Written by Arianna Qira
Written by Arianna Qira

With over 2,000 sport routes Finale Ligure has a lifetime worth of climbing to offer.  This is not a crag you simply go for the weekend, it is a lifestyle.  Finale is the home to families living in vans, a time warp into the past of climbing.  Limestone rock outcrops fill these coastal mountains truly making it a climbing adventure.

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Exploring the Shawangunks: Hiking Bonticou Crag

Hiking Bonticou Crag

Written by Michele De Vincentis

Mohonk Preserve is New York’s largest visitor and member-supported nature preserve that’s home to 165,000 annual visitors and 8,000 acres of forests, cliffs, fields, ponds, and streams. It is located on the Shawankgunk Ridge, a section of the Appalachian Mountains that’s just 90 miles north of New York City.

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Training for Ice Climbing Season

Roes - Ice Climbing
Written by Ben Carlson of Furnace Industries

Fifteen feet above my last screw, the ice turns to complete shit. Unconsolidated, candled, air-filled, de-laminated mush. No way this crap is gonna take a good stick. I can see the water trickling behind the flow on this late season WI5. The rope hangs from my harness, clear of the ice. Checking in on my placements, I have one mega placement at shoulder level. Hips close to the ice, standing tall, I can feel the back of my ax pressing on my chest. Good feet. Swinging my one tool at the mush, an unsettling crack slams through the icicle just below my feet rattling my nerves and shaking my confidence. A drip of sweat on the tip of my nose. Breathing regains control. Forearms beginning to burn, working my feet up on the front points of my crampons – a little higher, a little higher still – I need to reach what looks like decent ice just out of reach above the mush and get another screw. Reaching. Reaching higher.

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