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Location: WI : Devil's Lake : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Jan 31, 2013

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Comments: Yes!


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : Devil's Lake Bouldering : South Bluff Bouldering : Boomtown
By: Doug Hemken When: Jan 2, 2013

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Comments: These coordinates for Boomtown put it on the north side of the South Bluff. A better guess would be closer to 16 T 279479 4808452 or N43.39653 W89.72302. Nick's coordinates for "Dark Horse", right next door, are reasonably accurate. These two areas should be merged.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : Devil's Lake Bouldering : South Bluff Bouldering : Dark Horse Area
By: Doug Hemken When: Jan 2, 2013

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Comments: Snowshoed past "Dark Horse" on the way out to Devils Nose, starting from the end of Burma Road. "Dark Horse" is on the south side of the flat top of the South Bluff.

It is almost due north of the end of Halweg Road.

I'm not much a of judge of bouldering potential, but it looks like there should be over a half dozen problem among these rocks.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : El Capitan Base Routes : Freeblast (5.11) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Dec 13, 2012

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Comments: Not everyone is free climbing, for one thing.

The party at the top of p1 is using an alternate belay, good for them!

Love the big loop under the second at the end of overhang!

Hard to tell if the pair at the top of p3 is going up or coming down, everyone in between has packs so they are probably going up for the day.

Beautiful route ....


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : Devil's Lake Bouldering : South Bluff Bouldering : Ghost Talus Field
By: Doug Hemken When: Dec 8, 2012

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Comments: Nice! You could probably just park in that pull-out, too. Where does that bring you up in relation to the talus field: east, west, or center?

I found the coordinates posted at the top of this page to be fairly accurate, so if you have a GPS receiver its probably easiest walking to head up the Reserve trail and come in from the top.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - Railroad Track... : The Turret : Turret (5.7)
By: Doug Hemken When: Dec 3, 2012

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Comments: Gear to about 2 inches.

As usual, the crux is at the start. It protects well. Just beyond, there is an ancient piton left of the corner. From there, the climbing is fairly easy although the best holds will not be obvious. There are also 1 - 2 strategic horizontal seams for gear that are hard to spot from the ground.

Hard to set a nice TR on this one: sling the block or use a good horizontal 4 feet down. Either way, a TR kind of cheats the climber of the last satisfying move.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : Devil's Lake Bouldering : South Bluff Bouldering : The Reserve
By: Doug Hemken When: Nov 26, 2012

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Comments: Except for the first 300-400 yards from the boat landing parking lot, there is now a worn user trail out to the Reserve. In late autumn and early winter, it may be obscured by fallen oak leaves, but look for the depression where many feet have packed the earth. The trail occasionally disappears for 15-20 yards at a time where the ground is rocky or dead trees have fallen across, but reappears soon.

Beyond the Reserve, the line of least effort is up on the plateau where the walking is easy and... more >>


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - Sandstone Area : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Nov 24, 2012

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Comments: If it was fun, you should definitely give it a name and add it to the database. Around here, giving a route a name is not necessarily tightly connected with doing a first ascent.

I don't recall personally seeing anyone climb this, but I'd be extremely surprised if it has *never* been done before.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - Lincoln's Chai...
By: Doug Hemken When: Nov 17, 2012

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Comments: Yet another way to find this formation is to come in by Misery Rocks, drop down to the base of the Pantry by Special K Pillar, and cross the gully/boulder field to the south.

The advantage of this is that all but 150 feet is on well-worn user trails.

And Lincoln's Chair is small enough that you'll probably want to climb on some of these other formations anyway.


Location: WI : Willow River State Park
By: Doug Hemken When: Oct 29, 2012

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Comments: Thanks Randy! You should look at some of the other property maps, too. I think Interstate is also no problem for climbing?


Location: WI : Willow River State Park
By: Doug Hemken When: Oct 29, 2012

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Comments: Am I right in thinking the new hunting proposal (extended seasons) won't affect climbing here much?

dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/hunt/do...


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - East Rampart : The Guillotine : Annie's Overhang (5.7)
By: Doug Hemken When: Oct 28, 2012

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Comments: The first little nut is shallow, but after that the gear is great. The crux is probably height/wingspan dependent.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - West of the Qu... : White Wall : Aku Aku (5.7 PG13) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Oct 10, 2012

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Comments: Nice!

Oddly enough, I think the dead tree stump actually makes this a stronger photo: it emphasizes the angle of the rock and the line of the climber!


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - West of the Qu... : White Wall : Unsatisfactorily (5.6) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Oct 8, 2012

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Comments: The left-hand crack.

Actually, the most fun *lead* climb here is to start in the left crack, then switch to the right crack at mid-height.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - West Rampart : Prospect Point Rampart : Big Toe to Great Chimney : ... : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Oct 3, 2012

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Comments: Two more you need to add to the database!


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - Misery/Cottage... : The Pantry : K2 (5.9)
By: Doug Hemken When: Sep 17, 2012

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Comments: I'd say the first couple of moves is the crux. Probably an OK lead with side gear, but I didn't actually test that theory.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - Potholes Area : Doorway Rocks - Minor Mass : Pigeon Roof (5.6) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Sep 12, 2012

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Comments: I like the body language in this photo!


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - West Rampart : Prospect Point Rampart : Big Toe to Great Chimney : Modern Life is Rubbish (5.8)
By: Doug Hemken When: Sep 12, 2012

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Comments: The final moves are a hoot, more fun than it looks.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - Great Tower (M... : Picnic Wall : No Picnic (5.9 PG13) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Sep 11, 2012

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Comments: The rest of us looked at that heel-hook, and then slapped ourselves on the forehead ... why didn't *I* think of that?


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - West Rampart : Prospect Point Rampart : Lost Face Area : Lost in the Woods (Unnamed ... (5.7)
By: Doug Hemken When: Sep 8, 2012

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Comments: So we'll re-sort it to the R of Lost Face Finger Crack ...


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - Potholes Area : Doorway Rocks - Minor Mass : A Cheval (5.6)
By: Doug Hemken When: Sep 7, 2012

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Comments: Like Nick says, keep one hand on the arete. It's a little - but not too - contrived. Climbs better than it looks, except for the very last move.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - West Rampart : Prospect Point Rampart : Big Toe to Great Chimney : Homo Erectus (5.10+ R)
By: Doug Hemken When: Aug 27, 2012

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Comments: New to me. I'd believe it's an FA!


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - West Rampart : Prospect Point Rampart : Big Toe to Great Chimney : Homo Erectus (5.10+ R)
By: Doug Hemken When: Aug 27, 2012

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Comments: That's what I'm asking?


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - West Rampart : Prospect Point Rampart : Big Toe to Great Chimney : Homo Erectus (5.10+ R)
By: Doug Hemken When: Aug 27, 2012

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Comments: To the right of S&M route #42?


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Crabby Appleton Area : Crabby Appleton (5.9 PG13) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Aug 24, 2012

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Comments: busy sorting the good from the bad ...


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