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Outer Outlet 


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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Jun 25, 2002
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BETA PHOTO: Outer Outlet with some routes

Description 

Outer Outlet is similar in shape and size to the Inner Outlet, but is located further from Sylvan Lake. It is quite steep on all sides, and there is no easy routes to the summit. Vertigo is a steep detached spire that looms to the east, and Rhinoceros Rock is a slabby rock to the west.

Some fine cracks are on this rock. The historic Conn Diagonal is on the north face, and is a very clever way to the top. Nick of Time is on the South Face, and is a beautiful curving hand/fist crack that works its way to the summit.

Descend by finding a two-bolt rap anchor going over the South Face (near Jugs). Two ropes are recommended, but I believe that it is possible to get off with two 1-rope rappels.


Getting There 

Follow the Sylvan Lake trail around the lake and through the tunnel. When the trail forks after the tunnel, take a left, and then a right at the next trail. Follow this to the north as it goes away from Sylvan Lake to a field area. A trail switchbacks up the hill towards middle Earth, and just behind you is Outer Outlet. It is very imposing and one of the larger rock formations in the Needles.


12 Total Routes


['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Outer Outlet:
Conn Diagonal   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
West Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Rain Man   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   
Jugs   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 90'   
Nick of Time   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 120'   
Stainless Steel Shield    5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
True to Form   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
Gun Has No Trigger   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
Iron Lingerie   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R     Sport, 180'   
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Climber finishing the traverse pitch of the Conn Diagonal.

Conn Diagonal 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Outer Outlet
This is one of the most classic 5.7 routes that I have ever done. Hike to the field north of Outer Outlet. The route is actually hard to pick out because it blends into the wall. Look for a crack system that diagonals up the north face. This is the route. Start by climbing up through face holds to get into the crack. Climb this for one long pitch until a horizontal crack traverse is seen. Set a belay. Then traverse 60 feet or so to the right on juggy holds. This is very airy, and the fa...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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Climbers celebrate the summit of Outer Outlet -- photo taken from the summit of the Inner Outlet
Climbers celebrate the summit of Outer Outlet -- p...
Rappeling down the Sylvan Lake side of the Outer Outlet, across from the Inner Outlet's Classic Crack
Rappeling down the Sylvan Lake side of the Outer O...
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By randy baum
From: Minneapolis, MN
Jul 15, 2008

Rather than taking the path that passes the giant chockstone, take the well-worn trail that skirts the northwestern edge of the outlets. To get to this trail, park at the Sylvan General Store parking area. Walk down toward the lake from the parking lot and make a left (heading NW) onto the trail that cirlces lake walkway/trail. Before you reach the outlets, where the damn and the path that passes the giant chockstone are located, you will find a trail that heads to the NW/W, thereby going to the leftside of the outlet/rock formation nearest to the lake. After walking a hundred yards or so on this path, you will come to two brown, small buildings owned by the Sylvan Lake Resort. There was a couple of paddle boats and an old couch laying around the buildings as of July 2008. Stay on the trail, which veers to the right or NW, and do not head west onto the road. The trail will take you down a gentle slope. The Inner Outlets will be the third rock formation/fin on your right. The Outer Outlets are the next formation down hill. The approach from the parking lot to the Inner Oulets should only take 10-15 minutes at most.