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YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Malcolm Daly?
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Submitted By: Charles Vernon on Jun 2, 2001

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Bill Roberts cruising Outlander, 1993.

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Outlander is a fantastic, steep 2-pitch route at the top of the Book, with varied climbing. Start with any of the 3 to 4 pitch routes that lead up to the Cave area. Most people do Cheap Date and then the final pitch of Outlander, but P1 of Outlander is comparable in quality to Cheap Date.

It is most expedient to belay on a ramp down and left from the Cave in a little alcove, with some blocks and loose flakes.

P1 - climb up into the prominent left-trending arch (the significant dihedral left of the Cave) above the ramp/alcove, using a short, funky 5.9 crack. Follow the arch, interesting 5.9, to a little alcove beneath a beautiful finger crack which rises out of a small roof. Climb that (sustained 5.10b) and belay on a low-angle slab.

P2 (5.10c) - go easily up the slab and mantle onto a platform beneath the final steep headwall. Hand traverse left into a pod (3.5 Friend helpful in the pod, to free up a good jam), rest, and finish up with thin hands and then fingers to the top of the Book.

Descend by scrambling down grooves, 4th class, to join the normal descent from the Cave area or take the long walk-off as described.


Standard rack; #3.5 Friend helpful on P2. Lots of small stuff for P1.

Photos of Outlander Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Bill settling into the onsight!!
Bill settling into the onsight!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Squatting in the pod. There is a bit of a kneebar ...
Squatting in the pod. There is a bit of a kneebar ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling up into the pod.
Pulling up into the pod.
Rock Climbing Photo: Contemplating the crux on Outlander
BETA PHOTO: Contemplating the crux on Outlander
Rock Climbing Photo: ian boyer 2nd pitch of outlander
ian boyer 2nd pitch of outlander

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By Bryson Slothower
Aug 14, 2002

Pitch 2 is pretty burly and called 10d in most guides. I'd agree, I found it to be super taxing on lead but I think since I had just followed Cheap Date, I had lie-backing on the brain and ended up missing a few good jams. Either way the gear is good and the moves are really fun, [good] way to finish any trip to this part of the Book.
By Nate Christiansen
Jun 27, 2003

The second pitch of outlander is most definitely 10d. There are a couple really precarious moves to some steep bomber finger locks but those whole thing is pretty sustained.
By Jeff G.
From: Fort Collins
Nov 21, 2005
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

The first pitch felt much harder than other 10b routes I've done at Lumpy. Way harder than Cheap Date, Visual Aids, or Romulan. Good pitch though.
By John Parnigoni
From: Golden, CO
Apr 23, 2006
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13

No way the 2nd pitch is 10d. The holds and jams are too positive. The feet might suck in a few areas but I think 10c would be more accurate.

A great way to reach this climb is by taking Thindependence (10c) to the 10b traverse into J Crack (9). Then take the 5.2 crack to the left below the cave for a good belay. The link up is worthy of 1 million stars.
By Luke Clarke
From: Golden
Jul 30, 2006

Like a lot of people, the first time I got on this route I did the second pitch, after doing Cheap Date. Did the first pitch yesterday and found it to be way cool. I think the crux is shorter than Cheap Date, and easier to protect. I think it's a great pitch but easier than Cheap Date or Visual Aids. Keep your smallest micro cams or RPs for after the roof. I used mine up on the beautiful 5.9 section below and nearly soiled my drawers after I pulled the roof and had nothing to fit the beautiful but tiny crack. The yellow C3 Camalot (which is about like a green Alien) is too big to go in until you get past the hardest climbing. A Metolius 00 or the smallest C3 would go nicely and reduce the risk of a potentially serious ledge fall.
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Jul 6, 2007
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Link these pitches with (P1) Thindependence 5.10c, (P2) Visual Aids 5.10b, and (P3) Loose Ends 5.9 for a great, 5.10, thin crack outing on the Book.
By Ross Swanson
From: Pinewood Springs
Aug 27, 2007

P1: I'm tall so the 10b didn't feel as hard as say Fat City.

P2: I stuffed the 3.5 at the pod, did a lay back into the upper section and went to the top w/o other gear. This was not my plan but once I got into the layback I was hesitant to pull in to look for placements, I hadn't paired down the rack, doh! Anyway I'm wondering now if I could have decked if I came off at the top? Thankfully the climbing was straightforward.
By randy baum
From: Minneapolis, MN
May 15, 2009

Another great way to reach Outlander: Thindependence to Visual Aids, then take the 5.9 overhanging dihedral to the ramp and end at the base of the cave. From there, take Cheap Date to the small alcove/perch ten feet right of Outlander P2's hand traverse. Belay from here. Finish on Outlander's P2.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 18, 2009

P1 crux is very height dependent. A tall man could skip the thinnest moves after being established above the small roof (which is not the crux), a average guy or below 6' has to crack up on thin stuff and sloping feet to hit the good holds.
By Brian Weinstein
Apr 12, 2010
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

After doing p2 again yesterday I'd give it 10c as well. I agree with Jeff that p1 is harder than the other 10s of similar style at Lumpy.
By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Aug 20, 2010
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Eh, to me it didn't feel as hard as Fat City crack, so giving it a 10c even feels soft. Great pitch. though!

I'm surprised no one mentioned the linkup we did today, worthy of a few million stars:
P1 Pear Buttress to belay ledge below Thindependence.
P2 Thindependence and downclimb a little and right.
P3 Traverse 10b into J Crack past flexing flake, 1 piton, 1 bolt then fire up J Crack.
P4 If you're ballsy, fire up the 11c part of J-Crack. Or just do the 10a PG variation and fire up easy ground to a belay below Cheap Date.
P5 Cheap Date, the best pitch I've ever done at Lumpy yet.
P6 Outlander.

This link up is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
By Ken Duncan
From: Ft Collins, CO
Jun 4, 2012

I believe Malcolm Daly did the FA.
By erik rieger
From: Ridgway, CO
Jun 10, 2013

P1 is actually quite good. Lots of feet save you from needing to undercling the arching crack and the finger crack portion is good and thin.
By ChrisS2000
Aug 22, 2017

Thought pitch 2 was easier and more straightforward than each pitch on Fat City crack (until cave area). Fat City + Cheap Date + Outlander!

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