Saturday, April 16, 2016

Blog shutting down

Since the Powerlinez/Ramapo Torne Valley Climbing now has three Facebook pages, this blog is no longer needed.  For current information and updates please search The Powerlinez, The Powerlinez - Beta Shed, and Torne Valley Climbers' Coalition on Facebook. Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Powerlinez Trail Day - this Saturday!

All right! - the time is here again!
Powerlinez Trail Day
Support your local crag and NYC’s closest best kept secret!
When: Saturday, June 21st, 2014 - 9am-1pm
Where: Powerlinez Trail Head, parking just below the intersection of Torne Valley and Torne Brook Roads.
What: Bring a bagged lunch, rakes, clippers, bow saws, work gloves, and your climbing gear!
Why: Join us to help maintain the Powerlinez Climbing area in Torne Valley! We’ll be improving trails, fighting soil compaction, and providing vital information on how to find your way around the Powerlinez to ensure it stays open. After some hard work, put on your rock shoes because we’ll be enjoying some climbing.
Who: The Torne Valley Climbers Coalition. If you have any questions you can contact Norm Rasmussen at or 201-378-8830.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Parking Guidelines

This weekend we had some issues with parking.  Just to be clear, here is a diagram of the parking plan. Green = good. Red = bad! Thanks in advance for your help.

Monday, January 13, 2014

TVCC Wins 2013 Access Fund Sharp End Award!

The TVCC Executive Committee is pleased and proud to announce that TVCC is the recipient of a 2013 Sharp End Award from the Access Fund for the work done over nearly 18 months to get climber access established at the Powerlinez.

Patient, persistent and cooperative efforts led to establishing climber access in the Torne--the only site in Harriman State Park where climbing is permitted.  Now we as climbers must do everything we can to keep access by taking care of the places we love.

Sharp End Award - Torne Valley Climbers Coalition
Access Fund is pleased to recognize the Torne Valley Climbers Coalition (TVCC) for their exemplary grassroots organizing and advocacy which successfully reopened the Powerlinez climbing area in Torne Valley, New York. Powerlinez was closed in 2011 due to concerns about increased climbing use from the area’s multiple landowners. A core team of individuals formed TVCC and began working with the local climbing community and Powerlinez’ three landowners. Each TVCC leader brought important skills to bear on the effort. TVCC’s patient, professional, and cooperative approach reopened Powerlinez in 2012 and serves as a model for successful grassroots climbing advocacy. Congratulations, TVCC!. (

Thursday, May 16, 2013

TRAIL DAY - Saturday, May 25!



9:00 AM Saturday,  May 25th
Meet:  The Powerlinez Access Path
intersection of Torne Brook/Torne Valley Rd

Congratulations to the Torne Valley Climbers Coalition and everyone who contributed to bringing this beloved climbing area back to life. They fought hard to have this area re-opened, now it's your turn to help out!

During this volunteer day, we will mark trails, clean debris and fallen trees, pick up garbage and make landing areas safer. After putting in a fair share of work, everyone will have an opportunity to learn the area and climb climb climb.

For those of you who have not heard of this gem, it's a gem. View some pictures, learn more about the area, and come join us for a great day of trail work!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Torne Valley Climbing is Open!!

The TVCC, over the last 18 months, worked closely with the Palisades Interstate Parks Commission to develop a climbing management plan for the Torne Valley Section of Harriman State Park.  On May 1, 2013 that plan went into effect making climbing legal in the Torne Valley Section ONLY.  As of now, climbing is not permitted in any other part of PIPC park land except the Torne Valley Section and Peterskill.

In order to climb in the Torne Valley Section climbers must execute a waiver and a tear-off permit that must be carried with them.  There is no charge for the permit, and it is good for the year 2013. Waivers can be signed and permits obtained at both Gravity Vault climbing gym locations, as well as the New Jersey Rock Gym and Rock and Snow in New Paltz.

The regulations are listed on the signs pictured to the left, as well as listed on the waiver that climbers sign.

It is so important that we as climbers follow these regulations, and act as ambassadors for our sport.  Climbers have traditionally been environmental activists, and even though this part of Harriman State Park is not pristine wilderness, we must care for it as if it were.

PLEASE pack out everything you bring in, and carry an extra bag to pack out trash that others leave.

Climbing in this part of Harriman State Park is a privilege that can be revoked at any time, and the TVCC urges all climbers to follow the posted regulations at all times.

Now get out there!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Congratulations to the Torne Valley Climber's Coalition,  and everyone who pulled in the right direction!

All you've got to do is sign a waiver and hand it in, and you'll get an annual permit that you can carry with you.  No fee. The waivers are now available at The Gravity Vault, and at Rock and Snow.

Please read the attached info and support this incredible opportunity.  We are the first area and group of climbers with which The Palisades Interstate Park Commission has partnered.  It's a real honor.  Stay informed and climb free!

Other Key Facts:
1.  Access Path Has Changed - It now goes up the dirt road by the river.  We do not have permission to use the old access path.
2.  Off Limits Boulders - we do not have permission to use the West End Wall, on the far West side of the Boulder Road,  before you get to the open swath (South) of the Powerlinez.
3.  No Bolts, Pitons, Chipping.  Clean climbing!

Basically think Peterskill with no fee,  read the attached Press Release, and THANKS