Bouldering

Bouldering is a type of rock climbing where the climbs, or "problems," are shorter than typical climbing routes (usually 5 to 20 feet high). Instead of ropes, bouldering uses spotting and thick padding to protect falls. For a group, bouldering tends to be more dynamic and fluid than roped climbing, since its easy to hop on and off a problem, "work the problem" as a group and communicate with your partner(s).

Devil’s Lake provides a seemingly endless amount of bouldering, with new problems being established frequently. The purple quartzite found at the lake is slick and unforgiving, providing some of the most unique bouldering in the Midwest. The large volume of boulders provide a variety of problems for climbers of all abilities and styles. 

 
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Bouldering One

An Introduction to non-roped Boulder problems

For years, bouldering provided climbers with a means of training for bigger climbing objectives elsewhere. In the last few decades, bouldering has evolved into a climbing genre for its own sake and continues to gain rapid popularity. Geared towards both new climbers and rope climbers, this course helps you better understand what bouldering has to offer and provides skills to approach bouldering indoors or outdoors in the future.

EXPERIENCE

  • Learn how to use a guidebook and history of Devil’s Lake bouldering.
  • Discuss common bouldering terminology.
  • Discover how the Hueco scale grading system works.
  • Practice efficient pad placement and proper spotting technique.
  • Gain experience on rock through foundational hand and footwork. 

LOGISTICS

WHEN: March - November, weather permitting.

PREREQUISITES: No prior climbing experience necessary.

BRING YOUR OWN: Food, water, clothing/footwear appropriate for weather, camera, sunscreen. Climbers with their own equipment may bring as much as they would like to use. We can supply all climbing equipment if you do not have your own.

GROUP SIZE: 1 to 6. Larger groups possible by custom request.

 

Half Day
(3.5 Hours)

  • GROUP SIZE | PRICE
  • Solo | $270/person
  • 2 pp | $140/person
  • 3 pp | $115/person
  • 4 pp | $195/person
  • 5 pp | $85/person
  • 6 pp | $75/person
 
 
 
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Bouldering Two

Tour and Sample Classic Devil's Lake Classic Boulder problems

With hundreds of problems to choose from, it can be difficult to hit a large number of the best climbs Devil’s Lake has to offer in a single day. This tour gives you a chance to be guided to a bunch of the classics in a single session, maximizing your climbing time. 

EXPERIENCE

  • Learn the history of bouldering at Devil’s Lake. 
  • Help plan your personalized tour of problems throughout the Park.
  • Enjoy attempting a number of great problems, at your pace.

LOGISTICS

WHEN: March - November, weather permitting.

PREREQUISITES: No prior climbing experience necessary, however some experience recommended.

BRING YOUR OWN: Food, water, clothing/footwear appropriate for weather, camera, sunscreen. Climbers with their own equipment may bring as much as they would like to use. We can supply all climbing equipment if you do not have your own.

GROUP SIZE: 1 to 6. Larger groups possible by custom request.

 

Full Day
(7 Hours)

  • GROUP SIZE | PRICE
  • Solo | $350/person
  • 2 pp | $185/person
  • 3 pp | $150/person
  • 4 pp | $125/person
  • 5 pp | $110/person
  • 6 pp | $99/person
 
 
 
Thank you so much for a truly perfect time at Devils Lake with Sarah and Luke. I had no idea what to expect but I could not have asked for more. I loved the instruction almost as much as the climbing itself.
— Mari
 
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