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The Inner Outlet is the large formation hulking over Sylvan Lake. It is the nearest to the lake of the two huge monoliths that tower over the area. The Inner Outlet has some classic moderate trad lines, as well as some harder bolted routes. Classic Crack is one of the finest climbs in South Dakota, and shouldn't be missed by anyone.
From Sylvan Lake, walk along the trail on the near side of the lake. Walk underneath the giant chockstone, and head left. The Inner Outlet becomes obvious after walking around the ridge of rock behind the dam area.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Inner Outlet:
No need to be Chicken 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Wiessner Chimney 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Lander Turkey Shoot 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Retable Route 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 300'
Other Trucker Favorites 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 80'
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Katey's Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Cold Feat 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Hardrocker 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 160'
Rockin' Harder 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Inner Outlet Gill Variation 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 20'
The Rustlers 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Two Year Plan 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'
Taste the Bun 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c R Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Featured Route For Inner Outlet
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c SD : Custer State Park : ... : Inner Outlet
This is the best pitch of climbing under 5.9 in the Outlets, and maybe the best single pitch period.On the side of Inner Outlet opposite the lake, look for a beautiful prominent crack. Climb it. A fairly long sustained pitch of great climbing with bomber gear leads to the top of the formation. The climbing is stout for 5.7, but it is so well protected it is a much easier way to the top of the Inner Outlet than the Wiessner Chimney.This is one of the top ten pitches in the Needles for sure. A...[more] Browse More Classics in SD