James Schroeder

Devils Lake Climbing Instructor, James Schroeder

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Responder

After a decade spent chasing dreams in Chicago, my wife and I moved our growing family to the hinterlands of Sauk County, Wisconsin in 2013 to raise our two boys on fresh air and purple quartzite. I have been a climber for longer than I haven’t been one. My passion for the sport and its varying challenges keeps bringing me back, year after year. I find great joy in sharing that passion with others from their first day out to their most advanced learning day.
I'm never without coffee. When I'm not busy with my family, climbing projects, coaching hockey or my day job, I can usually be found with a book or a guitar. While I read well, 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 Cliff-Clavin-esque compulsion to recite meaningless trivia, will almost undoubtedly make your time with me more memorable, if not more educational.

I have climbed for two decades throughout the Western Hemisphere, from South America to Alaska. I have guided rock, ice and alpine climbing in Wisconsin, Michigan, Wyoming and Ecuador. I am a member of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), American Alpine Club, Access Fund, Wisconsin Climbers Association, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, and Northwest Avalanche Center. I am certified as a Single Pitch Instructor by the AMGA and as a Wilderness First Responder by Wilderness Medical Associates.