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False Perspective 
Fat Man's Misery 
In the Way 
Life of Jam 
Pillow Right Side, The 
Pillow's Edge 
Pillow, The 
Smoke Hole 
Tree Slot Chimney 
unnamed route to left 
Wailing Wall 
Weeping Wall 

Misery Rocks 

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Peter Arndt on Pillows Edge (5.8)


Misery is so named for the feeling one gets when attempting to climb here on the weekend. Ease of access and many good beginner climbs (along with some pretty hard routes) makes this a very popular area for groups.

The climbs in this area have been blessed with a great, flat hang out area at the bottom. Most routes have been led, but for obvious reasons, some are more popular than others. The Pillow, an aptly named rock slab leaning against the right side of Misery Rocks, offers great slab routes on its front side and shelter from the rain on the other side.

Getting There 

To access Misery, head up the West bluff trail from the South until you see a freeway off ramp-style pull off. If you have reached Cleo's Ampitheater, you have gone too far.Follow this dirt trail to the top of the cliff.

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Misery Rocks:
Fat Man's Misery   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     TR, 45'   
False Perspective   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, TR   
Pillow's Edge   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 50'   
Weeping Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     TR   
Wailing Wall   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     TR   
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Tricia King on the crux of False Perspective 5.6

False Perspective 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b  WI : Devil's Lake : ... : Misery Rocks
Is the false perspective from the climber on the route or from those who say it looks too easy? Start in an inside corner on the center of the face to the left of the Pillow. Climb a crack through a small sloping roof to the top. This climb is a bit harder than it looks, but takes gear very well for a lead. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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By Tom Anderson-Brown
From: Madison, WI
Apr 24, 2006

We set up at Misery on Saturday and arrived about 10 minutes before a scout leader. This seems to be a very popular place for scouts, college groups, etc. The climing is very enjoyable, and the view ain't bad either. The pine tree at the top of the cliff was sheared off this winter, perhaps by the wind? Thankfully it fell to the south, so it isn't in the way of any of the routes.

By Benjamin Rudy
Jun 18, 2012

I am an independent climber as well as a scout leader. Misery is a good place for both, but it can get crowded. Go to Cleo's Amphitheater if you want to have a less crowded time. Make sure you bring an extra rope for the shady access route.