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Sleeping Giant Rock Climbing 

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Location: 41.4259, -72.8977 View Map  Incorrect?
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Sleeping Giant is a Connecticut state park just north of New Haven, next to Quinnipiac University.

The Giant was THE climbing area in CT until an accident closed the cliff for decades. The Giant is now back in
business and offers many different areas for climbing. Do not trust any fixed protection here as it is probably 70 years
old! Rock can be loose, and poison ivy is abundant. The chin contains some enjoyable routes put up by the likes of Fritz Wiessner, Jim Adair, John Reppy and Sam Streibert. The cliff faces east and gets great early morning sun. Recommended routes include:
Wiessner’s Rib (5.6), Yvette (5.9), Frenchman’s Cap (5.9), Defender (5.11), Bolted (5.9), and Rhadamanthus (5.10). There is even a 600-foot right to left traverse of the cliff, The Warehouse Run (5.7), put up in 1934.

Other crags are found scattered around the Giant. The left knee (just below the tower) has a number of good route to 50' and also features a small free-standing pillar.

Approach the chin via the main trail from the parking lot. A 10 - 15 minute hike gets you to the talus at the base of the cliff. Descend by the blue trail which runs across the top of the crag.

Getting There 

Directions to this area can be found at the state park website,

Check the RMF website,, for more information about this crag.

Climbing Season

For the Western Coastal Slope area.

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sleeping Giant

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sleeping Giant:
Wiessner's Rib   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     , 2 pitches, 120'   
Frenchman's Cap   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     , 70'   
Yvete   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Sleeping Giant
Rock Climbing Photo: Wiessner's Rib

Wiessner's Rib 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  CT : Western Coastal Slope : Sleeping Giant
Fritz Wiessner had a good eye for the classic climbs. The start of this climb can be found by heading straight up from the intersection of the main (Tower) trail and the white trail. After hiking up to the base of the rib, walk right and up to a ledge at the base of the route; step left to belay away from the poison ivy. On the left side of the ledge is a dihedral system. Follow this up about 25 feet to a ledge. Step right across a small slab and climb easily to an obvious dihedral. La...[more]   Browse More Classics in CT

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