A few feet to the right of Flake Route, under a shallow depression in
dark face of the main Vista Rock wall.
Go: Climb up
and slightly right to small stance in the shallow depression. Continue
over the bulge (crux) to top.
*An excellent face climb.
6. View Master
Four feet or so to the right of Buena Vista, on the right side of a black, friable bulge.
Race up and left over bulge, then up the face until one can reach a large slanting
edge off to the right (being careful not to move onto the larger holds of Blast Hole)
and over the top.
7. Blast Hole 5.6
7-8 feet right of Buena Vista, just left of an obvious shelf and blast
(drill) hole on the main face.
Go: Climb small left-facing
corner and flakes to shelf, then continue up blast hole to the top.
few feet right of Blast Hole, under steep, dark face.
Climb straight up to top.
Much better than it looks.
6-8 feet right of Black Face, underneath black and orange face that is
obscenely friable. Stand on the little ledge at the very end of
the sloping platform.
Lunge high to big orange bucket (easier if taller). Hand traverse right and either mantle
or reach high for another hold and gain a stance just before the arête. Then
continue easily to top ... where you can then clean your pants.
*Not your run-of-the-mill
5.7 The first known ascent was an onsight free-solo.
10. Vista Vision 5.10-
feet beneath The Lunge and Arrested Arete, on a small slab just above
the water. This is the eastern end of the overhanging North Wall -- at
the end of Aid Route.
Follow the thin arching crack on the overhanging wall up and right over the water. One hard
crux move gains bigger holds. Power up and into the big depression/small
*Short, but exciting. A taste of what might-have-been had
there been attempts at free climbing the Aid Route.
11. Arrested Arête
5.11d - 5.?
A few feet above the small slab start of Vista Vision, beneath the overhanging, imposing
arête formed by the ends of the Main and North Walls of Vista Rock.
Up an awkward start to gain the arête on the left. Continue straight up with
the arête for the left hand and small edges and smears for the right hand and feet. The
big hold from The Lunge is not off-route, but do not finish on The Lunge. Continue
up the arête to the top.
*A very hard route attempted several
times, but never completed. From the start to the big hold on the left side of the
arête is hard 5.11. Beyond that is unknown. Using the big hold from
The Lunge allows for a rest, but regaining the arête is most likely harder than just moving
straight up the arête in a single push from start to finish.
**On the last attempt, when it seemed like the final moves might go, the climbing
was interrupted by local police officers who happened upon the scene.
12. Aid Route
Start: On the overhanging
North Wall, most likely on the land (west) side. (Access difficult
as this wall faces the Delacourt Theater and is fenced off.)
Aid out along the thin, arching crack lines over the water.
in 1985 (as far as we know), this route is not often attempted because of the logistical
difficulties which include climbing at night to avoid the authorities. The
grade above is given for the technical aspect of the route. As of 1993 there
were still a few old rusted pitons sticking out of the crack. Bring RURPS and hooks.
considered this line to have the potential of being one of the hardest and finest inner-urban
rock routes anywhere if free-climbed. To date, no one has claimed a