there's nothing quite like this rock. if you haven't climbed it, you owe it to yourself to go out of your way and see what devil's lake is all about. it's hard, hard, hard, protects like a dream, and poses some superb problems, unlike any area i've been to before.
devil's lake has 1,700 climbs. most are 100 feet long or less, many can be led, but there's a strong tradition of toproping, i think because the forest comes right to the bluff edge, offering handy anchor trees.
i tried to play the apostle of lead climbing for awhile and drew some curious onlookers, but the respectable toproping that went on, including many 5.11s, convinced me that i was in rome and should do as the romans do.
thanks to the UW climbing club and my friend josh of calabasas for taking me under their wing, and cheers to brian of milwaukee, three years older than me, relentlessly cranking 11 after 11.
Climbed here during a summer term break in the 80s while I was doing archaeology research out of Northwestern's Center for American Archaeology. I remember that the first night we were camped there, probably more than one raccoon tried to get in the pick up bed box to eat our rations. We went into Baraboo for pizza a couple of nights, nice town.
That is a beautiful and challenging place to climb.