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Elevation: 6,129 ft
GPS: 43.8477, -103.5668
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Shared By: Peter Gram on Jun 24, 2002
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mikel Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 222
Conn Diagonal
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 36
California Boys
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 48
Retable Route
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 194
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack)
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 30
West Buttress
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 36
Sex Never did this to my hands
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 36
Harbinger
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 28
Nick of Time
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 31
Jugs
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 42
Two Year Plan
Trad, Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
 13
Honey, I Shrunk My Nads
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 27
Sundogs
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 10
Vertigo
Trad 2 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 10
A Clean Getaway
Trad 2 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 6
Iron Lingerie
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Conn Diagonal Outer Outlet
 222
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
California Boys Dam - Back Side
 36
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Sport, TR
Retable Route Inner Outlet
 48
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) Inner Outlet
 194
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
West Buttress Outer Outlet
 30
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Sex Never did this to my hands Vertigo View
 36
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Harbinger Paydirt Pinnacle
 36
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Nick of Time Outer Outlet
 28
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Jugs Outer Outlet
 31
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Two Year Plan Inner Outlet
 42
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Honey, I Shrunk My Nads Inner Outlet
 13
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad
Sundogs Riddle
 27
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Vertigo Vertigo
 10
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
A Clean Getaway Vertigo
 10
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 2 pitches
Iron Lingerie Outer Outlet
 6
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Sport
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