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Routes in 6. The Tower Wall

Any Which Way But Down/Ex-traction T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Arrowhead TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Back to the Gym T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Back to the Wall T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Crefeld Crank TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Dead Tree Dihedral T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Ex-traction Slab TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
In & Out T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Johnson Route T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Manticore Dihedral T,TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Manticore Face TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Manticore Upper Arete T,TR 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
No Rest for the Wicked T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Ogre Arete T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rachel's Crack T,TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Red Knob, The T,TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Rock Romancer TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Rossinator, The TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Tower Wall Direct T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Unrest of the Witches TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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The Tower Wall is the most obvious, visible and possibly tallest wall at the Powerlinez. As you exit the tree line along the main Swath trail (service road), the Tower Wall looms behind a pylon. It is a great wall to use as reference point for the rest of your climbing. Most of the established climbs are on walls mostly on the East (climber's left) side of the entire mountain. The right side has some great areas for potential but their exploration has largely been undocumented or un-repeated.

The rock on the Tower Wall is like the rest of the Powerlinez, sharp and gritty and in some areas, prone to breaking apart. Many of the popular lines are solid though, and far from being polished. Keep climbing them! Top outs are infamous at the powerlinez - full of rounded, sloping tops that only someone with gecko hands will benefit from. Great for colder days.

The Tower Wall is a great area for trad practice. All of the lines are close together and are close to each other, which means you can run a bunch of laps with relative ease.

To the west (climber's right) of the tower wall is the Enclosure, Devonshire Pillar, Puzzle Palace wall and more. To the east (climber's left) of the Tower Wall is the Three Bears and just beyond that is Dave's Wall. Just below and to the climber's right is the Stockade Wall.

Thanks to kenr for the following TR info:
Natural anchors near tops of routes on the right half of this sector are usually available close to top. For several it helps to have a static line (not more than 50 ft) to rappel or down-climb to place the carabiners for the belay rope down well below the top, to avoid dragging or abrasion of the belay rope.

For many of routes (especially Back to the Wall through TWD Tower Wall Direct) on the left side of this sector, it's more convenient to have a very long static line to reach some tree set way back from the top of the cliff, and to be able to rappel or down-climb to place the carabiners below the top. Or with a normal trad protection rack, it's possible to construct a multi-piece anchor about 20 feet back from the top, so then a shorter static line would be sufficient to set the carabiners for the belay rope down lower on the cliff.

Access to the top: One simple (but not short) way is to hike Left (W) along the base of the cliff 300 feet, past the sectors Three Bears and Dave's Wall, to the intersection of the Tower Wall tier trail with The Good Book access trail. Turn Right (NE) and follow The Good Book trail 150 feet, up a steep slope, then after it gets gentle, find a way off it Right (E) and gentle upward toward the mini-summit view at the top of the Tower Wall cliff.

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This cliff is clearly visible from the Con Edison service road in the clearing under the powerlines.

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+210 vertical feet of uphill over distance about 0.45 mile (+65m vert over 0.72km) from parking on Torne Valley Rd. Typical approach times 10-23 minutes. Dec 12, 2015

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