About Climbing

“If you can climb a ladder, you can climb a rock wall.”
Lance Pinn
BKB President

Three basic types of climbing at BKB:



Bouldering is climbing done on short walls without ropes. Our bouldering walls range from 10 to 15 feet high. All of BKB’s bouldering is above 12 inch thick pads to cushion any potential falls. There is no certification requirement for bouldering. Classes like Learn to Boulder and Foundations can help to increase your bouldering skill level.



Top Roping

Top roping is a style of roped climbing in which a rope runs from the climbers harness through an anchor at the top of a route then back down to a person called a “belayer.” The belayer stands on the ground and takes in the rope slack as the climber ascends, a process called belaying. If a climber falls on top rope, they will be caught by the rope and held in place by the belayer’s weight. Anyone can climb the roped walls but because belaying is extremely important, we require that everyone who wishes to belay pass a certification test to demonstrate that they can handle the ropes properly. If you do not already know how to belay, we offer Learn The Ropes, Master the Ropes and other rope classes every day of the week. Top roping requires you to wear both rock climbing shoes and a harnesses, both of which are available to rent if you do not own some of your own.



Lead Climbing

The gym also offers lead climbing, which is a more advanced style of roped climbing. Lead climbing is not for beginners, as it is both more strenuous and more dangerous than top roping. In order to lead climb at BKB you must be lead certified by one of our head climbing instructors. BKB also offers a comprehensive Learn To Lead class if you are interested in learning more about it.

* Please note: On your first visit to Brooklyn Boulders you’ll need to fill out one of our liability waivers before you can start climbing. If you are under the age of 18, your waiver must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Even if you don’t plan to climb, we require that you fill out a waiver before you go past our front desk. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times for safety reasons.