Island Rock Community

Island Rock is dedicated to serving Long Island's Climbing Community. We believe in creating an open and inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome. Climbers are the heart and soul of the gym and we would not be able to what we love without you. We are tremendously proud to be able to lead Long Island's Climbing Community for over 26 years!

We have truly evolved in multiple ways since we first opened in 1996. Most notably after completing an expansion in 2017 that almost doubled our climbing area and added state-of-the-art training boards and a Ninja+Fitness area built by World Ninja Sport.

Island Rock is Long Island's longest serving indoor climbing facility. With over 26 years of experience, we like to say that we are on our 'Second Generation" of Long Island birthdays; it's amazing to have parents who had their 6th birthday party here back in the late 90's and now they are hosting their 6 year old child's birthday party here in the 2020's.

Check out our Team:

Ross – General Manager


Things to Know About Ross

  • My favorite food is: Any Asian Cuisine!
  • I started rock climbing because: I started climbing in High School on a trip to visit an older sister in Boulder Colorado. One morning we woke up at the crack of dawn to go climb the Third Flatiron- which I remember seemed to tower over the city hauntingly as we hiked to the base of the cliff. Next thing I knew I was standing at the top in utter awe of what we had just accomplished. Needless to say, I've been hooked ever since.
  • I like working at Island Rock because: The climbing community is extremely open, welcoming, and supportive. I strongly believe that exposing more people to the world of climbing is important to continue to grow and expand the industry. Climbing offers a much needed outlet for so many people to channel their energy, focus, and growth. It is incredible to see the tremendous positive impacts and unique opportunities that climbing can have on a person.
  • I have worked at Island Rock since: 2019
  • My favorite climbing destination: The GUNKS!
  • My favorite type of climbing: Trad is rad!
  • My favorite outdoor activities include: Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, and Snowboarding.

Eric – Director of Routesetting


Things to Know About Eric

  • My favorite type of climbing: Bouldering is my favorite overall climbing discipline. I think the best climb is a climb that has a little bit of everything on it so you have to be well-rounded to send it.
  • My proudest outdoor send: High Plains Drifter, V7, Buttermilks, Bishop. It's a 35-40 foot tall boulder. The crux is about 15 feet off the ground- this is a big drifting move off of a sloper from one right hand sidepull to another, once you do this move you're forced to do big long moves off crimps with high feet to reach the lip at about 20 feet, at which point you pull the lip and have about 15-18 feet of magnificent 'victory lap' slab climbing (Note- bring your chalkbag, the downclimb is a 35ft 5.9 handcrack).
  • I like working at Island Rock because: I essentially get to live "The Dream" of being a professional climber without being as strong as one. Given the opportunity, I don't think I could ever leave routesetting. I enjoy the creative process of routesetting so much that I literally could not imagine myself waking up and doing anything else everyday.
  • My favorite places that I've climbed outdoors: I hate this question because it is so hard to say which is my favorite, but I want to say that Joshua Tree would be my number 1, but I've spent way more time in Bishop so I feel like it has to go to Bishop. There is just so much variety of rock in Bishop. Red Rocks is also just amazing and Joe's valley has some of the most spectacular sandstone. I can narrow it down to those 4. The Gunks would have to be number 5.
  • My hidden talents: Most people don't know that I was previously a professional chef at a 3.5 star restaurant.
  • My desired superpower: I would want to be able to talk to animals.
  • Hardest sends: Outdoor V10/5.13a & Indoor V11/5.13b
  • My favorite food: There are too many good foods out there to choose just one. TRY NEW FOODS, PLEASE!

Danielle – Youth Program Director


Things to Know About Danielle

  • My favorite food: Mashed potatoes
  • My favorite movie: Your Name
  • My degree: Associates Degree in both Maths and Sciences
  • I started rock climbing because: I took a rock climbing course in college and was hooked from there
  • I like working at Island Rock because: I like helping people accomplish their goals; the looks on their faces afterwards is priceless
  • My favorite place to climb outdoors: The Gunks
  • I have climbed: 5.11 and V5
  • Pet peeve: When people don’t use their blinkers
  • My favorite animal: Elephant
  • Pets and their names: Dog - Galileo, Iguana - Yoshi, Gerbils - Rick and Morty, Bearded Dragon - Jeff, Fire-Bellied Toads (4) - The Power Rangers, Ferrets - Robyn and Lil John
  • Favorite outdoor activities? Running, Hiking, Climbing, Swimming

Kimberly – Manager


Things to Know About Kimberly

  • My favorite food: Figs
  • Why I like climbing: I believe rock climbing can be a meditative sport. When I’m on the wall, everything and everyone seemingly disappears from my thoughts. Each move becomes a precisely calculated endeavor to ultimately get the send!
  • My favorite outdoor climbing location: I loved sport climbing at Malibu Creek State Park in California. In order to get to the bulk of the climbs, you first have to traverse over the creek with all of your gear and avoid falling into the murky water below. After testing your footwork, you are treated with amazing volcanic huecos.
  • My highest sends: 5.11a/b and V4-V5
  • My pets: I have a cat named Tater Tot!
  • My most controversial opinion: Salsa is better than guacamole.
  • My favorite quote: With every action today, have the intention of feeding your highest timeline rooted in love.

Ethan- Lead Routesetter


Things to know about Ethan!

  • What drives me: There is a wheel in my skull with two hamsters running on it and sometimes they trip over each other but the most important thing is that they get back up. Their names are Ezra and Enzo, they're twins. I love them.
  • Top three movies: There are so many movies to choose from I would probably have to choose Whiplash, Birdman and maybe Spirited Away. Frozen is definitely up there, but not the second one. As a film major it is hard to choose one but the first thing that comes to my mind is Whiplash
  • I studied: I have a degree in Media Studies with a Minor in Film from SUNY Oneonta
  • How I started rock climbing: I had my 8th Birthday Party at Island Rock and then rediscovered climbing with my father during a family trip to The Cliffs at LIC. I had an absolute blast and then researched local climbing gyms, one session turned into another and then I start coming every day.
  • My favorite places to climb outdoors: Stone Fort, Chattanooga, Tennessee BAYB!
  • If I could have any superpower I would choose: Teleportation because flying would be like a muscle and I’m not that strong. Or to look at anything and be able to instantly copy it. Like watching someone do a backflip and then I can immediately do a backflip.
  • My favorite animal: Weasel. I think they get a bad rep., but honestly they are pretty pogchamp
  • Worst habit? Not resting properly and allow my body to heal

Sam- Routesetter


Things to know about Sam!

  • My favorite food: Rice and beans are the only reason why I’m as strong as I am. There’s no other explanation.
  • I am studying: I go to Farmingdale State College. I am working on a dual degree in Aviation Administration: Airport Management (BS) and Aeronautical Sciences: Professional Pilot (BS).
  • I've climbed since: I started climbing consistently in 2016. I’ve been setting since January 2019.
  • I started Rock Climbing because: My grandpa brought me to Island Rock for the first time when I was about 6. He taught me everything I know and has always been my best coach!
  • My favorite place to climb outdoors is: Joshua Tree in California and The Red in Kentucky!
  • If I could choose one super power: The ability to fly!
  • My favorite type of climbing: I love sport climbing! Overhangs and jug hauls are the best, no doubt about it.
  • My favorite climb: Flesh for Lulu in Rumney, New Hampshire is the best climb I’ve ever done, mostly because it was an extremely rewarding experience. I was one of my first sends of the grade and it was always something I looked forward to trying “one day”.

Summer- Routesetter


Things to know about Summer!

  • My favorite food: Anything with cheese and potatoes.
  • My favorite Movie: The Breakfast Club
  • My Scholastic Goals? I am currently studying business at the University of Pheonix
  • How I got into Rock Climbing: I took a merit badge in Boy Scouts and thought it was something fun to do on my own.
  • Why I Like Rock Climbing: It allows me to use my body in different ways than other sports do.
  • Why I like working at Island Rock: I appreciate the comradery everyone on staff has no matter what you climb or where you came from.
  • My Hardest Sends: The highest grades I’ve flashed are 5.12b and V8.
  • My Favorite Color: Purple!
  • If I could be any animal: I would be the one corgi that doesn’t understand why everyone is going up to them.
  • My favorite climbing holds: I enjoy the not fonts because of the variety in their styles and size.

Some of our favorite Local Businesses include:

Mama Linos
595 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803
P:(516) 681-0200
3.1 Miles

Flux Coffee This is the best coffee around!
211 Main St Farmingdale, NY 11735
P:(516) 586-8979
5.5 Miles

Public Lands- Melville
870 Walt Whitman Rd, Melville, NY 11747
P: (631) 350-1819
4.8 Miles