Watts Up: Climbing The Powerlinez

Access issues have hampered recreational enthusiasts dreams of enjoying the outside world across the country the last few decades, but the NY metro area is on its way to claiming a new victory.

The Powerlinez Workroad

Much like the North Brooklyn Boat Club, another community group has organized to fight the bureaucracy and cut red tape. The area in question — dubbed “The Powerlinez” due to the proximity to the massive and popping electricity towers that traverse the area — has long held the interest of local climbers. But the Palisades Interstate Park Commission or PIPC kept the area off limits due to liability and trail use concerns.

In order to protect the possibilities, ‘Linez climbers were secretive and kept any information about how to climb the area off of the internet for two years while negotiations with the park authority took place.

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The Ski Season in Photos #10

In the first half of March the season came to a make-or-break point.  While skiers were already far ahead of the previous winter when the season was all but done by the Ides of March, there was really nothing stellar about the 2012-13 season. Yet.

Hunter Mountain Crossover

On March 12, yet another warm system brought a hard bring rain as far north as Whiteface. But optimistic skiers held on to hope as another storm forecast for early the following week looked like it might be cold or at least cold enough.

On March 18 — a Sunday night — the storm arrived in the Catskills bringing snow that evening and then rain the following morning. But by midday on Monday even in New York’s southern mountains the precipitation turned back to something white and left the few who had ventured out smiling.

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