Elevation: 6,124 ft
GPS: 43.848, -103.568 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Peter Gram on Jun 25, 2002
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Outer Outlet

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 164
Conn Diagonal
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 25
West Buttress
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 9
The Conn Diagonal Variation
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 21
Nick of Time
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 23
Jugs
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Rain Man
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Barry McCochiner's Crack
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5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Stainless Steel Shield
Trad 3 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 3
Gun Has No Trigger
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 5
Iron Lingerie
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
True to Form
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Passport to The Sky
Trad 2 pitches
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 3
I Want Out
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Conn Diagonal
 164
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
West Buttress
 25
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
The Conn Diagonal Variation
 9
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Nick of Time
 21
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Jugs
 23
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Rain Man
 8
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Barry McCochiner's Crack
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Stainless Steel Shield
 4
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 3 pitches
Gun Has No Trigger
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Iron Lingerie
 5
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Sport
True to Form
 3
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Passport to The Sky
 4
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 2 pitches
I Want Out
 3
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Trad 2 pitches
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