About New Jersey:
Welcome to the Garden State!
Introduction: While many people think 'New Jersey' and see only images of the Turnpike and Port Elizabeth; most residents know that no matter which exit you take, the road will eventually lead you to some absolutely beautiful areas. Don't miss out on paddling in the Pine Barrens, a few days on the Shore
and the mandatory egg-and-cheese on a hardroll (available at any diner).
In 2005, Access NJ and the Access Fund succeeded in lobying NJ State Parks Department to ammend the laws regarding recreational uses of state parks to include rock climbing. Under the new legislation, climbers who sign a liability waiver are permitted to rope up and bouldering in NJ State Parks. Property. Again, Climbers must first obtain and sign a liability waiver from the State Parks Department.
Where to Climb: If you're looking for a great place to practice top roping, and meet some more people, Allamuchy State Park is the place for you. This is one of the more accessible and popular areas for climbers of all levels (5.3-5.11). If you're interested in a multi-pitch adventure on the NJ-PA border check out the Delaware Water Gap, its the same rock as the Gunks, just pitched a little differently and not in such pristine condition as its neighbor. If you're looking from some real adventure head up to Waywayanda State Park, access has finally returned to this adventure area with opportunities for bouldering and multipitch climbing. Not much in the Routes DB yet- but thats up to you.
A Word of Caution: Remember, as the disclaimer says when adding a new route or area, "You're Actions Have Consequences." Just because you've discovered some boulders or a 40ft overhanging piece of heaven- this does not give you the right to spray about it or publish the directions to it.
New Jersey is a crowded state, and its safe to assume that over the past 80 years nearly every hunk of rock has been climbed. Most places that are not currently published (online or in print) are closed. If you continue to climb at an area while its closed, you are hurting the future of our sport and inviting terrible legal precedents.
I (cadaverchris) won't discourage people from exploring New Jersey, just be careful,
courteous, and discrete. You are the ambassadors of our sport.