Me, Michelle and our pal the chicken at the belay ...
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 double rope rap from the to lads to the ground.
Standard Rack. This is one of those magnificent climbs that sucks up almost any gear anywhere.
This route was first climbed August 5, 1965 by Bob Kamps with Mark and Beverly Powell. This is a great climb in the mornings of a really hot day since it will stay cool for sometime. This is also one of the few Needles routes that will form a line of climbers waiting to do it.
I don___t doubt that for you seasoned trad climbers, this climb is like a walk in the park. However, I___m not and it was not. :-) However, there were no surprises on this route when scoping it out from the bottom. It looks to be a pretty serious climb and it is. It's on you for most of the climb with one good rest spot and a few other ok spots. You may be inclined to user your large cams on the bottom, but save them for the top half where the crack widens. There are bomber nut placements on the lower half.I had to kind of plan ahead at the top for using my one and only #4 Camalot, the last piece.Nice climb though, I___m glad I did it!
John Page's guide rates this climb as a 5.8, that seems to be a more accurate rating.
Sorry about all the separate posts, but one more thought. When throwing your rope from the top, try to toss it to the west. If you don't, you'll end up with a jumbled mess on top of the huge block just to the east of the climb. On the advise of a local, when pulling the rope you should stand as far west and against Vertigo as you can get so you can clear the block. I didn't do the toss right, but the pull went just fine.
By Theo Barker From: Loveland, CO Aug 28, 2003 rating: 5.75a15V+13MVS 4b
We thought this was a classic crack! I ended up taking my #4 & #5 Camalots with me and placed them 3/4 of the way up. Weren't necessary, but I had them and they were quicker than placing something else there. Really appreciated the "Throw West young man" advice. We had to use two ropes to rap. We had two 60m ropes (10.5mm & 8.5mm). I'd say it's a classic solid 5.7 crack.
By Theo Barker From: Loveland, CO Aug 30, 2003 rating: 5.75a15V+13MVS 4b
Just a note about the picture showing Sylvan Lake and the front side of this rock. The route and rap anchors are actually on the other side of the rock that is pointed to in the photo. HTH.
By Eric Krantz From: Black Hills May 9, 2004 rating: 5.85b16VI-15HVS 4c
Great climb!! I used nuts, small and medium hexes and some tricams, which seemed to work well, though would've been nice to have some large cams. This one is fun, fun and just fun, with great belay stance at the top.
I should read the description in the guide book before leaving the ground. Don't jam it the whoel way up unless you want to make it harder than necessary. MY SO lead it with ease, I seconded it with pain and grunting. When I got to the top he asked why all the grunting, I said I was havving some trouble jamming in the wider sections. He said, "Oh, you use the face for holds, not the crack." Oops, I'll know better next time.
I think it's called "Two Year Plan." My friend said it was 10d. Good route.
By Joe M From: Rapid City, SD Sep 2, 2008 rating: 5.85b16VI-15HVS 4c
Definitely my favorite route in the whole Needles area so far and probably in the top 3 for the entire Black Hills!!! This is a MUST do for anyone who like trad. You can pretty much sew it up the entire way and shouldnt need anything bigger than a #3 camalot. I used hand jams most of the way up and had no prblems with it. Cant wait to do it again!
Climbed this route twice now. great fun and a great route to practice your Trad leading skills. The second time I used one 70 meter rope and just barely made it to the ground. This saved me from having to haul a second rope up a one pitch climb.
standard rack from small-ish .3/.4 up to 3, one set of nuts, and 8-10 draws is plenty. no need for anything bigger than a 4. bring a sling or 2, there's a couple bomber horns to sling up top. awesome, comfy belay ledge too. this route is so great!
Great climb, I first climbed to add to my list of classic climbs to guide back when I guided full time. I highly recommend, solid pro and solid placements all the way to the top, when it backs off climb like a classic Black Hills climb and run it out!