Dawson Robb

Dawson Robb leads Sunken Pillar (5.5) at the Balanced Rock Wall.

Dawson Robb leads Sunken Pillar (5.5) at the Balanced Rock Wall.


I'm not a Wisconsin native, though I eat cheese curds like one. My child and teenage years let me experience a number of places: Dallas TX, Lakenheath England, and rounding out high school, Tacoma WA. I've called Madison home for over fifteen years now, by far the longest I've lived in one place. Ultimate frisbee, craft brews, deep fried curds, beautiful lakes, canoeing, and climbing. What's not to love?

Nick offered to share his love of climbing when we first met in Madison. Climbing wasn't on my radar, I had backpacked and canoed for years but had never climbed rocks. Honestly, I turned him down the first two times he offered. When he finally got me on the rock at Devil's Lake I understood. It's just plain fun. Plus, the mental and physical puzzles rock climbing presents you with are a unique way to experience nature. 

Wanting to share those fun climbing days lead me into guiding trips and teaching anchors courses. One of the very best parts of guiding is spending a day with cool people doing something fun and challenging. 

I just did a private class with Dawson and it was great. I learned a lot and Dawson did an amazing job answering questions and teaching the class.
— Steve
Just wanted to say thank you for running such an awesome program. Our guides yesterday were fun, knowledgeable and super helpful & they just made the whole day that much better. You guys have an awesome thing going and I’m super excited (once these bruises all over my knees heal) to get out there and climb again.
Dawson was super mindful that I was all by myself so he made sure to offer me climbs and belay me often which I really appreciated!
— Laura
My wife and I had the pleasure of climbing with Dawson on April 23rd. While I was excited to get out and climb, my main hope was that my wife would have a safe, fun day. She has been leery of my transition to real rock and extremely hesitant to go out herself. I mentioned this to Dawson on the side at the beginning of the day, but I quickly found that probably wasn’t necessary. Dawson has a very laid back, confidence-inspiring persona that was just perfect for Elaine. He spent the day demonstrating how to manage risks, building bomber anchors, allowing us to set a couple placements (he critiqued/adjusted) and offering just the right amount of beta and encouragement while we were climbing. I’d love to climb with Dawson again. Most importantly, my wife is excited to climb outside again and is feeling better about my outdoor forays. Overall the day was all I could have hoped for and more. Many thanks to DLCG and Dawson! He is certainly a great asset to your team.
— Jeremy