Elevation: 6,129 ft
GPS: 43.848, -103.567 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Peter Gram on Jun 24, 2002
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description

The Outlets around Sylvan Lake hold many fine face routes, and some wonderful cracks too. The climbing here is generally quite bold and runout, so make sure that you are solid at the grade of the climb (or go practice on safer routes near Mount Rushmore). Expect mostly face climbing on sharp, strong granite, often with widely spaced bolts. However, bring a rack for both cracks and face climbs. Often a piece of gear can be stuck in between bolts. Rappels are generally needed to get off summits, as most everything is a spire with steep faces on all sides.

Some of the Needles best bouldering is also here. This includes the Campground Boulder, Acid Test Boulder, Mood Swings Boulder, Outlet Boulder and more. For crack climbing, check out Classic Crack on Inner Outlet, Conn Diagonal on Outer Outlet, and Sex Never Did This to My Hands on Vertigo View. Also on Inner Outlet is the Wiessner Chimney, a namesake chimney done in the 1930's.

A pay campsite is located right near the lake. Expect this to be full on the weekends during tourist season.

Getting There

From Hill City, drive south for a few miles and then take a left at a signed junction going towards Sylvan Lake (highway 87). Drive up this road 5 or 6 miles to the entrance booth. Here you have to pay to get in the park. I would recommend getting an annual pass because Custer State Park holds South Dakota's finest climbs. Then park at the lot immediately on the left in front of the Sylvan Lake Store.

To get to the main climbing area, follow a trail around the lake towards the rocks. Some climbs can be seen just above the lake, but most require following the trail through a huge tunnel. Back in this area is the bulk of the climbing. Keep following the trail around to get to various areas.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Outlets

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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 61
Inner Course
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 101
Better Than Beer and Pretzels
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 105
Lander Turkey Shoot
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 37
Creeping Senility
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 176
Conn Diagonal
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 32
California Boys
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 37
Retable Route
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 150
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack)
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 57
Katey's Route
Trad, Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
West Buttress
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 28
Sex Never did this to my hands
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 27
Harbinger
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 22
Nick of Time
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 25
Jugs
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 31
Two Year Plan
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Inner Course Youbet Jorasses
 61
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Better Than Beer and Pretzels Dam - Back Side
 101
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Lander Turkey Shoot Inner Outlet
 105
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Creeping Senility Old People's Dome
 37
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad
Conn Diagonal Outer Outlet
 176
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
California Boys Dam - Back Side
 32
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Sport, TR
Retable Route Inner Outlet
 37
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) Inner Outlet
 150
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Katey's Route Inner Outlet
 57
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
West Buttress Outer Outlet
 26
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Sex Never did this to my hands Vertigo View
 28
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Harbinger Paydirt Pinnacle
 27
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Nick of Time Outer Outlet
 22
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Jugs Outer Outlet
 25
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Two Year Plan Inner Outlet
 31
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
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