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!. (http://www.accessfund.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=7903133&ct=13595981&notoc=1)


Thursday, May 16, 2013

TRAIL DAY - Saturday, May 25!

VOLUNTEERING AT THE POWERLINEZ

POWERLINEZ to the PEOPLE!

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

PRESS RELEASE: POWERLINEZ OPENS MAY 1ST!


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



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Meeting of the TVCC (Torne Valley Climbers' Coalition)

Meeting Notice: the Torne Valley Climbers Coalition will have an informational meeting on April 17, 2013 starting promptly at 7PM at The Gravity Vault, Upper Saddle River (107 Pleasant Ave @ Rt. 17, Upper Saddle River NJ). The Torne Valley Climbing Management Plan will be discussed, as well as TVCC actions going forward. Hope to see you all there.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Paint Sludge at the Powerlinez

Paint sludge in the Torne Valley.
As the TVCC (Torne Valley Climbers Coalition) continues to work toward the goal of opening access at the Powerlinez, (Yes, it is still closed and the TVCC is making progress)  there are some key issues to highlight that will effect access and use in the future.


On the top of that list,  is the fact that the area has been used as a dumping ground for excess paint sludge.  The paint sludge pictured here lies just off Torne Valley Road, by the new Ramapo Saltbox Environmental Research Center. (ERC). 

One such sludge deposit lies right off the access path by the turn-a-round used for parking by climbers,  and there are many more in the valley.  Odds are,  if you've hiked or climbed around the Powerlinez,  then you've walked over and around the paint sludge.

The paint sludge came from a Ford Plant that was operating in Mahwah,  and there have been countless articles: NJ Record Article and an HBO documentary titled Ford vs. Mann about it's toxicity and pollution. 

Environmentalists have been fighting for clean-up for years and they still need our support.  Ford dumped the sludge there because they thought no one would notice,  and the corporation has been very effective in evading its responsibilities.  If climbers are allowed to use the area,  we can definitely raise awareness and continue to point out the obvious:  the Torne Valley is dangerously polluted with paint sludge.



Thursday, February 2, 2012

Powerlinez Access Denied

Based on the following article,  the Palisades Interstate Park Committee is planning to enforce its no climbing policy on the Powerlinez.

Power Struggle Over the Powerlinez

The author, Joseph Caravaglia, reports that:  'that climbers caught in the area will “be escorted off the premises by park police, although the area will remain available for hikers.” Signs and fences are scheduled to be placed throughout the property, and failure to adhere to the new mandate (repeat offenders) may face steep fines instead of steep faces.'

The Torne Valley Coalition of climbers met 1 Feb 11, to discuss the issue and made the following statement:

Climbing is currently prohibited in 95% of the Powerlinez. We are pursuing legal access and any unauthorized climbing will impact that effort in a negative way.  We are definitely soliciting the support of the entire climbing community and welcome any contributions and suggestions you have.  Finally,  remember that many park officials will visit this site, and what is said will be read by them, and unfair characterizations may hurt our cause.