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6. The Tower Wall

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Any Which Way But Down/Ex-traction T 
Arrowhead TR 
Back to the Gym TR 
Back to the Wall T 
Crefeld Crank TR 
Dead Tree Dihedral TR 
Ex-traction Slab TR 
In & Out T,TR 
Johnson Route T,TR 
Manticore Dihedral T,TR 
Manticore Face TR 
Manticore Upper Arete T,TR 
No Rest for the Wicked TR 
Ogre Arete T,TR 
Rachel's Crack T,TR 
Red Knob, The T,TR 
Rock Romancer TR 
Rossinator, The TR 
Tower Wall Direct T 
Unrest of the Witches TR 

6. The Tower Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 555'
Location: 41.145, -74.1653 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: burboeck on Jun 10, 2013  with updates from kenr
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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.

Getting There 

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

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.1 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 6. The Tower Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 6. The Tower Wall:
Dead Tree Dihedral   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 85'   
Back to the Wall   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Johnson Route   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
The Red Knob   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
Rachel's Crack   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
Tower Wall Direct   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Any Which Way But Down/Ex-traction   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Ogre Arete   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
No Rest for the Wicked   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Back to the Wall - on left side of Tower Wall

Back to the Wall 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13  New York : Powerlinez : ... : 6. The Tower Wall
Layback up crack behind the left side of the shark's tooth. Climb into alcove then follow right leaning up crack. Head up and left of white shield, left of roof, follow a clear right leaning finger crack through exposed fins and follow the hand-crack through the slab....[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

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Rock Climbing Photo: Routes overview Right side Tower Wall A - Rachel's...
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Rock Climbing Photo: old topo Right side of Tower Wall:  - missing a ro...
BETA PHOTO: old topo Right side of Tower Wall: - missing a ro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tower Wall Topo  1. Papa Bear, 5.6 2. Risky Bear, ...
BETA PHOTO: Tower Wall Topo 1. Papa Bear, 5.6 2. Risky Bear, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tower Wall with person on rappel - (Stockade Wall ...
Tower Wall with person on rappel - (Stockade Wall ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tower Wall with two power towers  - (Whetstone Wal...
Tower Wall with two power towers - (Whetstone Wal...
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By kenr
Dec 12, 2015
Estimating the Approach:
The usual way most people get up to Tower Wall nowadays is about
+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.

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