News, trips reports, and thoughts on Devils Lake State Park and the Baraboo Hills
A few months ago, I felt like I was at the top of my climbing game. I on-sighted my first 5.12 trad lead, and had steadily been ticking off long difficult climbs in Washington, Oregon, and Utah. Reaching this level of fitness took years of practice and required overcoming some long-standing mental barriers.Read More »
I don’t camp at the Devil’s Lake often, and when I do it is often last-minute and I can’t get a reservation at any of the State Park campgrounds because they fill up so often, especially on the weekends. While out West it’s easy to find a quiet piece of public land and sleep in your truck, everything is private property around Devil’s Lake, so you have to find a private campground.Read More »
Every week during the climbing season, I get a call or email from someone wondering if there are sport climbing routes at Devil’s Lake. Though I love helping folks answer their questions, I am usually disappointing the the inquiring party because they really want to go sport climbing outside.Read More »
Natural Bridge State Park is a near neighbor to Devil’s Lake, about 30 minutes west via SR 12 and Highway C, between Leland and Denzer. Established in 1973, Natural Bridge State Park is a 530-acre hardwood forest protecting a geologic anomaly: a huge, sandstone “bridge” spared by the last glacier.Read More »
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