The Best Rock Climbing Near New York City: Brooklyn Boulders, New Paltz, West Point

07/26/2012 10:17 am ET

NEW YORK CITY — Juliana Statius Muller has ventured as far away as Peru to climb, but knows of places to hone her skills closer to home.

"The more people get into climbing, the more they see potential for climbing everything they look at," said Statius Muller, a staff member at Brooklyn Boulders climbing center who took up the sport three-and-a-half years ago.

"We don't live on the plains, somewhere as flat as a pancake."