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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.
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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Conn Diagonal 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
West Buttress 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
The Conn Diagonal Variation 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches
Rain Man 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Sport, 80'
Jugs 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 90'
Nick of Time 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 120'
True to Form 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 180'
Stainless Steel Shield 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Gun Has No Trigger 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 180'
Iron Lingerie 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R Sport, 180'
Living @ 1% 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
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Iron Lingerie 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R SD : Custer State Park : ... : Outer Outlet
This route is mostly 5.10+, but the crux 12 ft or so above the bolt is a stiff .12 move, with really runout 5.10+ above. After the crux you have some 5.11 but mostly its really constant 5.10, and super runout....[more] Browse More Classics in SD