Welcome to The Cliffs at LIC, NYC's premier indoor rock climbing facility! Whether you're trying out climbing for the first time or looking for new training grounds, The Cliffs has something to get you psyched on this dynamic + exciting sport.
Our 1.5-hour Intro to Climbing class gives you all the skills you need to get started climbing—and includes your day pass and rental gear for the day!
The Cliffs at LIC boasts a variety of terrains--from slab to steep--and a route spread from 5.5 to 5.14 and boulder problems from V0 to V12. Regardless of your interests + abilities, we've got something to keep you moving.
Ready for the whipper? Our lead test consists of lead climbing a 5.8 clean, taking a whipper, then giving your partner a catch while they do the same. We'll give you a shiny lead climbing card that gives you full reign to clipping the anchors on any route in the facility!
We provide ropes in exchange for keys or an ID. Bring your own belay device!
Need a sport lead climbing course? Sign up for our Sport Lead Basics course.
Show us your solid rope + belay skills (figure 8 follow through, checking your harness, commands, belaying and lowering) and we'll give you a shiny card that certifies you to belay at The Cliffs! Belay tests take about 5 minutes. No appointment needed.
Need a course or refresher? Sign up for Intro to Climbing course.
NEVER STOP LEARNING
The Cliffs offers world-class instruction in rope skills, bouldering, and climbing movement. Keep an eye out for special clinics on fingerboard training, women's specific climbing, slacklining, and more!
The Cliffs at LIC welcomes climbers of all ages! While each child is unique, we generally find that kids are ready to start climbing around 5 years old. All climbers under the age of 18 must have a waiver filled out by a parent or legal guardian.
Kids can scale our walls in their sneakers or rent climbing shoes (limited sizes available) with their harness at the front desk. A harness rental is mandatory for using auto-belays.
CAN'T GET ENOUGH?
Check out our other youth programs below!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO ROCK CLIMB?
Wear any clothes you feel comfortable working out or moving in. Some climbers prefer to wear pants to protect their legs from scrapes + scuffs.
WHAT GEAR DO I NEED?
Climbing shoes are designed with a snug fit and outsoles of soft + sticky rubber to help you grip footholds on the wall. You'll also need a climbing harness for any kind of roped climbing (auto-belay, toproping, or lead climbing) but not for bouldering. Chalk is optional but helps keep your hands dry to improve your grip.
All the gear you need is available for rental at our front desk. Ready to purchase your own gear? Check out our killer selection at Basecamp, our in-house gear shop.
WHAT IS BOULDERING?
Bouldering is a style of climbing done on shorter walls—it requires no ropes and no partner. If you're interested in getting started with bouldering, ask the front desk for a bouldering orientation!
WHAT ARE AUTO-BELAYS? DO I NEED ANY SKILLS TO USE THEM?
Auto-belays are devices that allow climbers to rope climb without a partner! To get started with using auto-belays, ask the front desk for a mandatory auto-belay orientation!
WHAT IS BELAYING?
Belaying is the act of controlling the rope to secure a climber. To learn how to belay and get access to our 127 rope lines, sign up for our 1.5-hour Intro to Climbing class! Climbers must be at least 14 years old to belay at The Cliffs.
WHAT IS TOPROPING? WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED TO TOPROPE?
Toproping is a style of roped climbing where the rope is secured to the top of the wall. No special skills are needed to toprope climb. To learn how to toprope belay, take our 1.5-hour Intro to Climbing class!