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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
. . includes Sunrise, Fringe / Freefall, Musty Mountain, Tombstone
. . Godzilla, High Heel, God Jam, Fern, etc
Monsoon / Swamp area
. . includes Tree God, Slabasaurus, Swamp, Gorilla Monsoon,
. . 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
. . 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.
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.
Classic Climbing Routes at Powerlinez Bouldering
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