Devil's Lake Wisconsin Climbing History

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Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Sep 28, 2012 - 08:33am PT
i plan to climb here saturday and sunday. the university of wisconsin climbing club will be there saturday, of which my young friend, josh l. of calabasas, is a recent member.

if you're near, come on out. looking forward to a close look at this legendary quartzite.
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Sep 28, 2012 - 08:51am PT
LAKE BUMP!
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Oct 2, 2012 - 06:01pm PT
in a word--WOW.

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.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
A Devil's Bump for 2013!
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 5, 2013 - 03:37pm PT
Had a chance to climb with my daughter over there one day in October last year. I found out that the rock was excellent but slippery. VERY stiff rating. Fun!


My daughter was cold most of the day.
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This 10a almost kicked my ass. On top rope!
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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 2, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
Climbing Bump
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 11, 2014 - 06:31pm PT
DLFA hits the BigTime! LOL

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2137380/DLFA-documentary-by-Darin-Limvere
feralfae

Boulder climber
in the midst of a metaphysical adventure
Jan 11, 2014 - 09:14pm PT
Wow!
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.

Thank you for the great photos and memories.

feralfae
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 11, 2014 - 10:45pm PT
In the sixties it was absolute heaven on earth. And the climbing was great, too.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 12, 2014 - 10:39am PT
Devil's Lake = Heaven on Earth.

I detect a bit of sideways thinking here. LOL
jgill

Boulder climber
Colorado
Jan 12, 2014 - 11:34am PT
In the sixties it was absolute heaven on earth. And the climbing was great, too


The fifties were even better. Like climbing on sculptures.


;>)
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jan 12, 2014 - 02:52pm PT
awesome thread!
thank's for the info!
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