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Routes in Inner Outlet

Inner Outlet Gill Variation T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Big E's Two Project T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Bronchial Distress T,S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Cold Feat T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Conn Chimney T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Gill Route T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Griffin's Romp and Roll T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Hardrocker T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Honey, I Shrunk My Nads T,S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Jungle Fever T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Katey's Route T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lander Turkey Shoot T,S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Mack Daddy T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13
Mantucky Cold Crack T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
No need to be Chicken S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Other Trucker Favorites T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Retable Route T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Rockin' Harder S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Rustlers, The T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Slippery When Wet T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Taste the Bun T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
Two Year Plan T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Wiessner Chimney T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Description

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.

Getting There

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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Classic Climbing Routes at Inner Outlet

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
No need to be Chicken
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Lander Turkey Shoot
Trad, Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Retable Route
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack)
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Katey's Route
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Other Trucker Favorites
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cold Feat
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Hardrocker
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Rockin' Harder
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
The Rustlers
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Inner Outlet Gill Variation
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Bronchial Distress
Trad, Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Two Year Plan
Trad, Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Slippery When Wet
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Honey, I Shrunk My Nads
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
No need to be Chicken 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Lander Turkey Shoot 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Sport
Retable Route 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Katey's Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Other Trucker Favorites 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Cold Feat 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Hardrocker 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Rockin' Harder 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
The Rustlers 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Inner Outlet Gill Variation 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Bronchial Distress 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Two Year Plan 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Slippery When Wet 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Honey, I Shrunk My Nads 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad, Sport
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Dubai,
ClimbFit   Dubai,
This area is one of my absolute favorite areas. If you are planning a trip to the area I highly recommended spending a day or two up at Custer State Park. The rock there is very unique, fun and challenging to climb on. You will find that even the tiniest of crystals are great hand and foot holds despite there size.

Along with great climbing there are tons of trails, hiking and swimming in the lake is also great. There are also tons of great routes for kids as well.

You will also meet tons of great climbers here too, Like Climbing Legend Peter Lev. Peter is over 70 yrs old with over 50yrs of experience and still climbing. I had the honor of climbing a few pitches with him, Climb on Peter!!! Climb ON :)


Nov 25, 2010
randy baum
Minneapolis, MN
randy baum   Minneapolis, MN
What's the name and grade of the bolted climb to the right of Classic Crack? The climb's about 7 bolts long with a gear placement or two up higher. I think the grade around 10a/b. Jul 15, 2008
randy baum
Minneapolis, MN
randy baum   Minneapolis, MN
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. Jul 15, 2008

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