James Schroeder

Lead Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

James Schroeder is a lead guide with Devils Lake Climbing Guides.After a decade chasing other dreams in Chicago, my wife and I moved our growing family to the hinterlands of Sauk County, Wisconsin in 2013 so we could raise our two boys (and some chickens) on fresh air and purple quartzite. I have been a climber for longer than I like to admit, but my love for the sport and its varying challenges keeps bringing me back, year after year. I love writing/talking about/photographing climbing almost as much as I do climbing itself; you can read my thoughts on my blog, Committed Daily.

When I'm not busy with my family, climbing projects, hobby farm or day job, you can usually find me with a coffee and a book or guitar. While I read at a post-grad level, the same cannot be said for my musical abilities, where I'm a firm believer in the “if you can't sing well, sing loud” doctrine. My occasional outbursts of off-tempo, out-of-key singing, combined with my Clavin-esque compulsion to recite meaningless trivia, will almost undoubtedly make your time with me more memorable, if not more educational.

I have climbed throughout the Western Hemisphere, from South America to Alaska, guiding rock, ice and alpine climbing in Wisconsin, Michigan, Wyoming and Ecuador. I hold current Wilderness First Aid certification and I am a member of both the American Mountain Guides Association and the American Alpine Club.


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If you're ready to go climbing, Devils Lake Climbing Guides is ready to make it happen. We run Devils Lake climbing trips and courses seven days a week, weather permitting, April through November. If the daily high is at least 50F, then it's warm enough to go rock climbing in Wisconsin!

Devils Lake Climbing Guides
Baraboo, WI 53913