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Concrete Jungle 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Isolated Spires 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Middle Earth 32 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 46
Outlets 82 / 41 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 110
Photographers' Peak Area 12 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Sylvan Lake Bouldering 2 / 0 / 3 / 48 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 49

Description

Sylvan Lake is a beautiful lake in the heart of the Hills. Sylvan Lake was formed when Sunday Gulch was damned up. It is one of the many man made lakes in the Hills. It is nestled in Custer State Park it is part of the needles highway. Sylvan Lake is the beginning of trail #9 which goes to Harney Peak.( 7,242 ft)

What many don't know is all the bouldering that can be done around the Sylvan Lake Area. This area not only has some of the hardest problems as of now but has a history like the Gil Boulder first climbed by the man himself John Gill. Homestar (V11) was first done by Chuck Fryberger. The hardman route is King of Town (unrepeated) first ascent by Matt Tschol v13/v14. Posting this because more than half the people i talk to in the Hills never knew these existed.

Getting There

Start out going WEST on MT RUSHMORE RD/US-16 ALT/US-16A/CUSTER ST/SD-89 toward N 6TH ST. Continue to follow MT RUSHMORE RD/CUSTER ST/SD-89.- 0.6 mi
Turn LEFT onto US-385/SD-89.-4.9 mi
Turn RIGHT onto CR-313.-1.6 mi
Turn RIGHT onto FOX RIDGE RD.-0.2 m
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto CR-685.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sylvan Lake

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5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Conn Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Inner Course
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Better Than Pool and Pie
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Lander Turkey Shoot
Trad, Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Conn Diagonal
Trad 3 pitches
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
West Buttress
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Waste Knot
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Four Little Fishies
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Three Rings for the Elven Kings
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sex Never did this to my hands
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Nick of Time
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Two Year Plan
Trad, Sport
Conn Route Photographers' Pe… > Aquarium Rock 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 2 pitches
Inner Course Outlets > Youbet Jorasses 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Better Than Pool and Pie Outlets > Dam - Back Side 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Lander Turkey Shoot Outlets > Inner Outlet 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Sport
Conn Diagonal Outlets > Outer Outlet 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Retable Route Outlets > Inner Outlet 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Kamps Crack (Classic Crack) Outlets > Inner Outlet 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Katey's Route Outlets > Inner Outlet 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
West Buttress Outlets > Outer Outlet 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Waste Knot Middle Earth > TOWERS OF TEETH > EPHEL DUATH 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Four Little Fishies Photographers' Pe… > Aquarium Rock 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Three Rings for the Elven K… Middle Earth > Erebor 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Sex Never did this to my hands Outlets > Vertigo View 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Nick of Time Outlets > Outer Outlet 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Two Year Plan Outlets > Inner Outlet 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
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