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Powerlinez Climbing Area Opened to Climbing

posted by dpm on 04/19/2013

The Torne Valley Climbers Coalition (TVCC), in partnership with the Palisades Interstate Parks Commission (PIPC) has announced that the Powerlinez climbing area will be open for climbing effective May 1, 2013. According to the TVCC website, the Powerlinez area is just 30 minutes from New York City and a valuable resource for many local climbers. They describe the area as having, "250 moderate boulders, 70 short topropes, and an expanding list of traditional and sport climbs." Climberism, a climbing website that focuses on Northeastern climbing, notes that "The area was originally closed due to a long standing regulation by the property owner, Palisades Interstate Parks Commission" but  "Thanks to the cooperation of the PIPC, climbing will be accessible in the Powerlinez area provided climbers are respectful of the property."

From the press release:

"Continuation of rock climbing opportunities within the Torne Valley Area will be contingent upon a demonstrated and consistent support from the climbing community for the programs established in this plan and compliance with rules and restrictions established. As climbers, we recognize that we must be partners with PIPC, and we have a responsibility to respect and protect the natural areas we climb in."

Climbing Crankenstein at the Powerlinez. Photo: Powerlinez blog

If you plan to climb at the Powerlinez area, you can find more information at Climberism, the Powerlinez blog, or at the TVCC  website where it's also possible to purchase a guidebook to the area.

 

Read the full press release below:

 

APRIL 18, 2013:

 

The Torne Valley Climbers Coalition (TVCC), in partnership with the Palisades Interstate Parks Commission (PIPC) would like to announce that effective May 1, 2013 rock climbing activities will be permitted in the Torne Valley area of Harriman State Park. The TVCC would like to thank the Palisades Interstate Parks Commission for its willingness to consider rock climbing activity on Park property. The TVCC would like to especially recognize and thank Jim Hall, Executive Director of PIPC, for all of his efforts and cooperation with the TVCC during the formulation of a climbing management plan to officially permit rock climbing activities in the Torne Valley.

 

Continuation of rock climbing opportunities within the Torne Valley Area will be contingent upon a demonstrated and consistent support from the climbing community for the programs established in this plan and compliance with rules and restrictions established. As climbers, we recognize that we must be partners with PIPC, and we have a responsibility to respect and protect the natural areas we climb in.

 

The Torne Valley Area abuts the southern border of Harriman State Park in the Town of Ramapo, Rockland County New York. Technical rock climbing will be permitted ONLY on the south and east ramparts of the Wrightman’s Plateau area of Harriman State Park, extending through the Con Edison easement to Torne Brook Road. Climbers should access climbing areas via Torne Brook Road. Climbers may park on Torne Valley Road or other legal locations.

 

All persons participating in technical rock climbing will be required to have technical rock climbing passes, as proof of signed liability waiver. There is no fee for the technical rock climbing pass. Each patron will be required to read and sign an acknowledgement of risk prior to receiving a technical rock climbing pass. Users wishing to rock climb at Torne Valley will be able to obtain an acknowledgement of risk and a rock climbing pass at cooperating local climbing gyms and other locations. 

 

 

The following regulations are in effect:

 

1. The Torne Valley Area is a “Carry In - Carry Out” State Park and does not provide trash receptacles. All visitors are responsible for removing their own trash and are encouraged to foster a clean environment by collecting any trash encountered while visiting the Park.

2. Glass containers are not permitted.

3. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

4. Only radios used with earphones are permitted.

5. Camping and / or campfires are not permitted.

6. Park where legally permitted only.

7. Visitors must remain on clearly marked paths and service roads.

8. Sport rappelling is not permitted. 

 

9. Dogs are only permitted on leashes less than 6 feet in length.
 
10. Use clean climbing techniques only. The use of bolts and pitons are strictly prohibited
 
Technical Rock Climbing Policy
 
1. Responsibility
Rock Climbing is Dangerous. Responsibility for safe climbing rests solely with the individual climber. The TVCC, PIPC, and the State of New York do not maintain the rocks, cliffs, or other natural features of the Torne Valley Area, do not install or maintain any technical rock climbing equipment, provide neither supervision nor instruction, and are not responsible for the conditions of the terrain or acts of persons who are using this area.
 
2. Prohibited Practices
In an attempt to preserve the natural character of the Wrightman’s Plateau, PIPC prohibits all environmentally damaging technical rock climbing practices which include, but are not limited to: trundling rocks, chipping holds, affixing new holds, placing bolts or pitons and cutting trees.
 
3. Chalk
Although the TVCC and PIPC recognize that gymnastic chalk is used by many climbers as a climbing aid and, in some cases, for safer climbing, we view the use of chalk as having visual and possibly detrimental environmental impact. Therefore, TVCC and PIPC recommends chalk use be minimized or discouraged and encourages that climbers attempt to clean chalk off of cliff faces and rocks.
 
4. Helmets
UIAA approved climbing helmets are recommended for all patrons involved in climbing activities.
Please be respectful of the environment and others while climbing, hiking and enjoying this very special place.
 
Torne Valley Climbers Coalition Executive Committee:
Jon Crefeld
Steve Knowlton
Gabe Miani
Fred Polvere
Dave Rosenstein
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