The Good Book Wall Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Far left of the Good Book Wall. 1. Meryl's Crack...
The Good Book wall is currently the only sport climbing wall at the Powerlinez. The bolts were grandfathered in when the area opened in May of 2013. NO NEW BOLTING OR CHOPPING IS ALLOWED. Please respect this as we all want to preserve access and nature in this already fragile area. Please note that anything above the GBW is technically on Wrightman's Plateau and is OFF LIMITS to climbing. The Good Book Wall is the last upper tier of climbing in the area.
It's a shady, tall wall with great rock, great moves, and a great place to get a work out. A long static is needed to top rope anything as the trees are set back a bit from the cliff edge. The Wall is divided into two sections, divided by a large recess with a roof (Cam's Cool Chimney, 5.6). To the left of CCC (The Good Book Wall LEFT in the guidebook) there are no bolts and the routes need to be led on trad or top roped. To the right, there are bolts and some anchors. You can find further detail in each route description. This is a great place to spend a hot summer day since it's in the shade and everyone will get a good pump from the routes. Enjoy the area!
Before climbing anywhere in the Powerlinez please fill out a waiver which can be found at Rock and Snow in New Paltz, NY or The Gravity Vault in Upper Saddle River, NJ. If you have any questions seek out anyone on the TVCC or a Gravity Vault staff member.
From the parking lot follow the truck trail until it turns into a foot path at tree line (you'll pass by the Tower Wall etc). As soon as you enter tree line along the Orange trail keep going straight until you go up 15' on a rocky path. The wall that looms in front of you is the Basilisk wall. Take the Orange Trail to the right and follow it until you see a distinct left turn uphill. Follow this (still Orange Trail) up hill with some smaller rock faces on either side of you. Eventually the path bears left and you will clearly see the distinct orange rock of the Good Book Wall and the bolts. This is the Good Book Wall Right.
Weather station 2.2 miles from here
19 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Good Book Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Good Book Wall:
Up the Slot 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
PG13 Trad, TR, 60'
Harpoon Me 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Rachel 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Rebecca 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For The Good Book Wall
Climbers top roping on the Good Book Wall left. Th...
Jun 18, 2014
Now that the new trail work is finished, the approach is no longer on an "orange" trail -- instead some white diamonds.
One way to get there is to start from the Tower Wall and going gentle West (left) for a ways past Three Bears and Daves Wall, the trail for Good Book Wall turns right and climbs uphill (long before you reach Basilisk Wall). I think the Right turn comes around
latitude longitude (N41.14523 W74.16670).
This point can also be reached (shorter?) without first going to Tower Wall.
By Elan Trybuch
Aug 10, 2014
I think the directions to get up to the good book wall are a tad out of date. When coming up from the dirt path, and following the path with the tower wall behind you, and walking along the rockface (to your right), the entrance to the ramp/stairs that go up to the good book wall is nearly a complete 180 u-turn. There are also double white trail markers on the tree at the entrance to the stairs/ramp that you will see if you look behind you. It is easy to miss if you are only looking out for orange trail marking tape.
Dec 12, 2015
Estimating the Approach:
The usual way most people get up to Good Book Wall nowadays is about
+330 vertical feet of uphill over distance about 0.65 mile (+100m vert over 1.05km) from parking on Torne Valley Rd. Typical approach times 18-35 minutes.