Elevation: 436 ft
GPS: 41.145, -74.164 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: kenr on Dec 28, 2016 · Updates
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Description

The Powerlinez area is in the southwest part of Harriman State Park. It was officially opened for rock climbing in 2013, thanks to the efforts of the Torne Valley Climbers Coalition (TVCC). There are many more problems than are shown so far here on this website (hopefully you'll add some). The digital guidebook, Powerlinez Bouldering, available in the Gunks+ app documents 262 problems, and includes GPS navigation and maps.

Most of the rock is granitic gneiss. High-friction and gritty to the point of abrasive. Many of the holds can be sharp, so be sure to tape up for any crack climbs. The top outs are notoriously heart-pounding and heady. Often on slopers that just don't feel confident, topping out is a head game at Powerlinez.

required Waiver form: Before arriving at Powerlinez to climb, you need to obtain and submit a completed + signed Waiver of Liability form, by visiting an organization which is not located by the parking or trail access for Powerlinez. As of 2017, these organizations include Gravity Vault indoor climbing (at Upper Saddle River NJ, Chatham NJ, and several other locations), The Cliffs indoor climbing (at Long Island City NY and Valhalla NY), and Rock & Snow climbing shop in New Paltz NY.

No fee to be paid for climbing at Powerlinez (as of 2021).

Please access the boulders and roped-climbing sectors by using the TVCC-approved trails (marked usually with white diamonds or sometimes yellow paint), or using already-well-trodden paths, rather than creating some new way.

areas + rocks:

. . . . (roughly lower to higher (S to N), and left to right (W to E)

Welcome boulders . (in the trees)

. . includes Oliphant, Tarzan Swing, Repete, Torch, Pete's Prow.

Swath boulders . (open area above right from the Boulder Road)

. . includes High Electricity, Whetstone

Boulder Road

. . includes Sunrise, Fringe / Freefall, Musty Mountain, Tombstone

Rock Dojo

. . Godzilla, High Heel, God Jam, Fern, etc

Monsoon / Swamp area

. . includes Tree God, Slabasaurus, Swamp, Gorilla Monsoon,

The Loop

. . includes Immelman, Snake Hole, Kung Fu, Middle Earth,

. . S.A.C., History of Flight, Armed Services

Shakedown Street / Lenapehocking

. . includes Sapokanikan / Underking, Conshohocken / Magnificence,

. . Ramapaugh, Munsee, etc

Tower Wall tier

. . includes ??

East End area

. . includes Giving Tree, Monkey Boat, The Beard

more ...

. . somewhere up there around Good Book wall: Crazy Tree

more info: Other places to look for more problems as of 2017 are the Rakkup phone app (also a "guidebook" version which can be printed), the print guidebook by Jon Crefeld, and the Powerlinez Beta Shed group on Facebook. Beta Shed is a likely place to report or check for new problems.

Getting There

The Powerlinez access path starts (GPS lat long N41.1423 W74.1622) on the north side of Torne Brook Rd in Ramapo, NY -- just west from its intersection with Torne Valley Rd (Rockland county rt 95). The recommended Parking is at (N41.1415 W74.1618) along the west side of Torne Valley Rd, a short ways south of that intersection.

Driving from New York City or New Jersey or PA: Go to the giant interchange of routes NY Thruway 87, 287, and 17 near Suffern NY. Exit onto rt 17 North, which immediately goes into a traffic light. Turn sharp Right on rt 59 South for about 0.5 mile. Just after curving left, up and over railroad tracks, turn sharp Left onto Torne Valley Rd (Rockland County rt 95) and go about 1 mile generally North with some curves, past the recreational center.

Driving from NY state coming from the North: NY Thruway (I-87) south to exit 15A for rt 17 North + rt 59, Sloatsburg + Suffern. Exit to the right, go 0.1 mile curving right to reach a T intersection. Turn Right (NorthEast) and go about 0.2 mile to another T intersection. Turn Right (South) and go about 0.4 mile. Just after curving left, up and over railroad tracks, turn sharp Left onto Torne Valley Rd (Rockland County rt 95) and go about 1 mile generally North with some curves, past the recreational center.

Park by some 10-15 ft wide wire fence enclosures (sometimes called "the vents") and a green manhole cover, on the left (west) side of the road -- GPS latitude longitude approx (N41.1415 W74.1618)
This is about 100 yards before (south from) the left turn for Torne Brook Rd. If you reach the entrance for the waste management facility on the right, you've gone too far

Walking - From the parking, walk North 100 yards on Torne Valley Rd. Turn left (West) on Torne Brook Rd and walk 50 yards across new bridge over creek. Turn right (North) onto dirt road uphill.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Powerlinez Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 18
High Electricity
Boulder
V2 5+
 43
Oliphant Crack
Boulder
V3 6A
 6
Kata #4
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 11
Flight From Doom
Boulder
V4 6B
 7
Thor
Boulder
V4 6B
 12
Lucky Lizard
Boulder
V5 6C
 16
Paul Bunyan
Boulder
V6 7A
 12
Gorilla Monsoon
Boulder
V6 7A
 9
Underking
Boulder
V6 7A
 6
Water Weight
Boulder
V6 7A
 4
Cyclone
Boulder
V7 7A+
 14
Honk If You're Burly
Boulder
V7 7A+
 5
Diamond Traverse
Boulder
V7 7A+ R
 5
Cardiac Arete
Boulder
V7-8 7B
 3
Midget Launcher
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
High Electricity Swath Boulders > High Electricity boulder
 18
V1 5 Boulder
Oliphant Crack Welcome Boulders > Oliphant Boulder
 43
V2 5+ Boulder
Kata #4 Rock Dojo > Fern Cliff
 6
V3 6A Boulder
Flight From Doom Welcome Boulders > Flight From Doom
 11
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Thor Monsoon / Swamp > Swamp Boulder
 7
V4 6B Boulder
Lucky Lizard Loop > Snake Hole Right
 12
V4 6B Boulder
Paul Bunyan Rock Dojo > Whale Wall
 16
V5 6C Boulder
Gorilla Monsoon Monsoon / Swamp > Gorilla Monsoon Boulder
 12
V6 7A Boulder
Underking Shakedown Street > 1. Underking / Sapoka…
 9
V6 7A Boulder
Water Weight Loop > Snake Hole Right
 6
V6 7A Boulder
Cyclone Loop > End of the Upper Loop
 4
V6 7A Boulder
Honk If You're Burly Rock Dojo > High Heel Boulder
 14
V7 7A+ Boulder
Diamond Traverse Rock Dojo > High Heel Boulder
 5
V7 7A+ Boulder
Cardiac Arete Monsoon / Swamp > Gorilla Monsoon Boulder
 5
V7 7A+ R Boulder
Midget Launcher Loop > Snake Hole Right
 3
V7-8 7B Boulder
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