Mike Snyder starting up Fortress of Solitude .13a ...
Like several of the crags in this area, Metropolis has a lower angle 50 foot intro section caped by another 50 feet of steeper bulges. The lower section is home to a disconcerting number of cracks, making Metropolis one of the few "moderate meccas" in Ten Sleep. There are a handful of good 5.9 and 5.10- pitches. The upper section features several more demanding 5.12 to 5.13- 'extensions'. Also, the nearby Daily Planet boulder hosts a half dozen shorter steep, powerful routes.
Metropolis has the distinction of being located midway between two large crags, 'Downtown' and 'Mondo Beyondo', each with its own approach trail.
The Pullout for Downtown is the second one on the right (Southeast) side of the road after the switchback. Walk the 15 minute approach up toward the 'Cigar' then turn right to walk along the rising trail at the base of the cliff line past the 'Nugget' and 'Vulvus Godzilicus'. Metropolis is a few minutes past these and the next crag you come to.
The Mondo pullout is the next one located on the left (Northwest) and is generally full of climber trash vehicles all scampering up to have a go at Beer Bong, Schools Out, EKV or the like. Parking here for a day at Metropolis seems silly since there is an alternative. If you do begin your trek here, walk the trail up toward the slavery wall, not the one through the forested gully that brings you to the boulder in the woods. Once you are on the switchbacks in the trees, take the left trail near the top and walk over towards World Domination Wall. Follow the trail downhill along the cliff line passing Frat Boy Wall, Antarctica and eventually coming up on top of or below the Daily Planet Boulder. Metropolis is the wall behind the boulder.
Climbing Season For the Mondo Beyondo area.
Weather station 9.5 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
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Fortress of Solitude 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Wyoming
: Ten Sleep Canyon
: ... : Metropolis
Clip an anchor ring at the end of JCSM and continue up the bulge for 6 more clips. The intial steepest section has the best and deepest pockets. The route is continually demanding without ever being to cruxy. There aren't really any good rests so you have to just keep going. This may be only .12+ but seems, like Esplanada, to be cummulatively .13a. ...[more] Browse More Classics in Wyoming