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. We also offer bouldering trips at Governor Dodge State Park, which is more friendly to folks who are just starting out with outdoor bouldering.