WNYC's SchoolBook reports on our connection to President Obama's State of the Union address, in which senior Estiven Rodriguez of our Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School was recognized as an academic success story. The President also recognized our College March, which Estiven helped lead at his school, and which is an annual ritual at all of our network high schools.
Want to Climb?
- Our climbing wall is the highest in the City.
- Open climbing season is from late March – November.
- Students from our network schools climb for free.
Our wall is located at 29-46 Northern Blvd, on the back side of the NYC Outward Bound Schools building, in Long Island City, Queens. Detailed directions via subway are here.
NYC Outward Bound Schools offers to the public climbing sessions on our five-story climbing wall in Long Island City, the tallest outdoor climbing wall in the City. Sessions are available every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 5:30-9pm, beginning April 16 and ending October 31.
Public Climbing is $25 per session when registering online ($28 at the door). We offer discounted 10-session, 20-session, and full-season passes. Equipment and basic belay instruction provided.
Click here to register online. A portion of your proceeds goes toward funding free climbing for NYC public school students. Entry limited to 30 people/day.
STUDENT CLIMBS FOR OUR NETWORK SCHOOLS
Students at any of NYC Outward Bound Schools' network schools are eligible to climb for free by arranging a trip well in advance of the climbing day. Click here to learn more about what your school must do to set up a climbing session and join our Student Climbing Facebook page here.
If you are interested in group climbing sessions, we customize programs to meet your organization’s needs and budget. Click here to learn more.
What We Provide:
We provide the instructors and the equipment for you to climb at your skill level. From learning the basics and honing your skills to finding the most challenging route to the top, NYC Outward Bound provides the support you will need to learn, grow, and meet your climbing goals in a non-competitive, inclusive environment.
Minimum age 12. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.
We generally keep the wall open in light rain, but steady rain and other weather may require a cancellation. In case of bad weather, check this page for updates on potential cancellations. Weather calls will be at 3:30 pm on the day of the climb.
WNYC: State of the Union Recognizes WHEELS Senior January 29, 2014
State of the Union Highlights WHEELS Student & College March January 28, 2014
On January 28, 2014, President Obama's State of the Union address included an academic success story from our Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School: the personal story of student Estiven Rodriguez, a first-generation immigrant who came to the US not speaking English and who, after deep support from his school, is now heading to Dickinson College on a full-tuition, four-year scholarship. The President also mentions our College March.
President Stopol Argues for Character in NYTimes January 27, 2014
NYC Outward Bound Schools' President and CEO Richard Stopol responds to the David Brooks column "It Takes a Village" by arguing for the value of character development in our schools. Stopol asserts that character development and intellectual development are inextricably linked, and should receive equal focus in our schools.