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This is one of the best boulders in South Dakota. John Gill apparently thought so too, and established a slew of classic lines on it. The imposing yellow wall has great highballs with bolted toproping anchors for mortals. Hard mantle problems, fun flakes, dicy edging, and delicate friction can all be had on this classic piece of stone.

Getting There 

Walk along the trail on the side of Sylvan Lake opposite the general store. After a few minutes walk, look uphill at the huge boulder. This is it.

Climbing Season

For the Outlets area.

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Campground Boulder

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Campground Boulder:
Free Aerial   V1- 5-     Boulder, 15'   
North Mantle   V2-3 5+     Trad, Boulder, 14'   
Central Yellow Wall   V3 6A R     TR, Boulder, 20'   
Classic Corner   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   
Left Yellow Wall   V4 6B     Boulder, 18'   
Gill and I   V9-10 7C+     Boulder   
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Gill and I V9-10 7C+  South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : Campground Boulder
Start is left hand on a crimp below starting holds of the center problem on campground. This problem starts to the right of the main line on the boulder. Tiny sharp painful crimps get you off the deck. Work a series of tricky small crystals to gain the upper portion which consists of a deadpoint for some to a small crystal pinch decent but spaced at the top. If you start to the right a little and go directly up starting on 2 non-exsistent holds it would probably be stout V10-V11 HARD!! This pro...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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By Jonathan Williams
From: Minneapolis
Apr 17, 2008
Anybody know where the "Outlet Boulder" with the classic V5/V6 sloping layback boulder problem is located? I walked all over Sylvan without happening upon it. I don't see it it listed. has it listed but locates it "between the outlets" which means nothing to me. Thanks! JW
By John Lloyd Andersen
Sep 8, 2016
The Outlet boulder is accessed most easily by following the Sunday Gulch trail (starts just behind the dam) clockwise. Once the trail curves right and heads into some larger rock, walk up the gully between the outlets and it is notched right between the two. You will see a slab on your right that is bolted and heavily polished from the guiding that regularly uses it - go about 20 yards past this up the gully.

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