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Cyclops Area

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L to R R to L Alpha
Big Rocks Remembered S 
Cyclops S 
End Play S 
Forearm Smash T 
Pigeon Paranoia S,TR 
Piranha S 
Sleeping Bat in a Ziplock Bag S 
Sobriety S 
Suicide Squeeze S 
Unknown TR 
Urban Chunks S 
User Friendly S 
Wasp Mentality S 
Work Ethic S 

Cyclops Area Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Glenn Burns on Apr 6, 2006

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The Cyclops Area is on the south facing wall left of the Winter Wall Area.

Getting There 

Once you manage to find a parking spot, follow the stairs across the parking area up to the start of the trail. There is a trail map at the top of the stairs. Check it out, this will help you orient yourself. Follow the trail to the right known as the North Trail, stay to the right until you have to switch back left and up. This is the "crux" of the trail. Continue up the main trail until it T's at the base of the Winter Wall area. Follow the trail left for about 325 feet, until you see the main crack system. This the route known as "Forearm Smash". This area is commonly known as the Cyclops Area. Look for the big hole on the cliff wall (right of the crack), the climb directly on its line is called fittingly enough as "Cyclops".

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cyclops Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cyclops Area:
Forearm Smash   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   
Sleeping Bat in a Ziplock Bag   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport   
Pigeon Paranoia   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
Suicide Squeeze   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   
Wasp Mentality   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   
Big Rocks Remembered   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport   
Work Ethic   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   
Cyclops   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   
Piranha   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport   
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Featured Route For Cyclops Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam chalking before the crux.  April 04.

Work Ethic 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Minnesota : Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Cyclops Area
One of the top classic Red Wing routes, Work Ethic offers the motivated rock jock a brilliant stretch of thin, technical face climbing that is surprisingly sustained for such a short length. Even though it goes higher, the climb is effectively over at the major ledge at 25 feet. Beta is key to the thin, crimpy nature of this face and the route feels much harder until the proper sequences are sussed out. Put in the work though, this route is worth the effort!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Minnesota

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By Nick.Smith Smith
From: Saint Paul, Minnesota
May 2, 2015
Here is a fun and effective crimp endurance training circuit I did the other day... Hang and send everything on Cyclops wall minus the choss to the left of wasp (ie sobriety, user friendly, unknown) and end play.

The order I did it which made for a good warm up and cool down:
-Pigeon Paranoia 10+
-Urban Chunks 11a
-Big Rocks Remembered 11d
-Piranha 12b
-Wasp Mentality 12a
-Work Ethic 12a
-Cyclops 12a
-Suicide Squeeze 11a
-Sleeping Bat 5.10+

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