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Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Mountain Valley)

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Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Mountain Valley) 

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BETA PHOTO: Tower Wall


Opened for climbing in May 2013 thanks to the members of the Torne Valley Climbers' Coalition. Located on the SE side of the Torne Mountain in Ramapo, NY, there are many many boulders and short climbs. An short local guidebook already has over 300 boulder problems and about 50 short climbs.

Please be sure you fill out a yearly waiver that is available at The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms or Rock and Snow.

Since the area is still under development, only the most popular walls and climbs are added to mountain project. In the mean time, an informal "guidebook" of FA's and beta is being posted in the Facebook Group "Powerlinez - Beta Shed". Please reference the group for more detailed information and communication with the TVCC.

The rock is characterized as sharp and gritty gneiss. Many of the holds can be sharp as razors, so be sure to tape up for any crack climbs. The top outs are notoriously heart-pounding and heady. Always packed with slopers that just don't feel confident, toping out is a head game at the Powerlinez.

Orange blazes will get you around most of the area. If you cannot see any tape or blazes on trees, please use the herd paths/the path of least resistance. Access is still sensitive here and we want to be able to keep this open. Please do not create any new trails. A couple popular bouldering areas have become devoid of leaves and lead to soil compaction. Please be aware of this and do your best to rake leaves back onto the area where you just climbed!

Much of the area's less popular walls are either short rope walls or high-ball boulder problems. Pick your poison.

Bolting is illegal at the Powerlinez. To set up top ropes you will benefit from a long static line and using trees. Some tops of the walls provide cracks for gear anchors, but they are not usually ideal. Stick to your static rope. The Good Book Wall is the only section with sport climbs and currently contains only two bolted anchors. If something doesn't have fixed gear and isn't blank - it can probably be led on trad gear.

There are a couple rap stations at the Powerlinez, mostly on the Tower Wall and Three Bears Wall. Please carefully inspect any sling salads before trusting them - their age can be questionable. As development increases, the safety of these rap stations will also increase, but just like any climbing venture, proper inspection is just a good habit to get into.

Any question, please direct to the Powerlinez Beta Shed FB group! In the mean time, get your waiver signed, be safe and have fun! Let's take advantage of this awesome area close to home and preserve the area as it's meant to be!

Getting There 

The Powerlinez Access Path
intersection of Torne Brook/Torne Valley Rd, Ramapo NY.

38 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Mountain Valley):
Whalehunter   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   The Good Book Wall
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By Elan Trybuch
Jun 17, 2013

Trad climbing. 4-5 bolted routes for sport. Ample anchors set up with new slings and wrap rings. Climb responsibly, check, and double check all equipment, anchor and belay stations.

By Stephen Becker
Sep 15, 2013

Is this the same area as this MP page ? If so, is it possible to merge the pages?

By David S
Sep 30, 2013

Is someone able to direct me to this rough guidebook?

By Norm3
From: North Jersey
Oct 12, 2013

Hi everyone,

Guidebooks are available at The Gravity Vault in Upper Saddle River, NJ which is on the way to the powerlinez as you're coming up from the south.

Rock and Snow, NJ Rock Gym and some other outdoor retailers may carry them as well.

Many Gravity Vault employees are pretty well versed on the Powerlinez, so please call with any questions. We are all stewards of this new area and would love to see it open for many years to come!