Devils Lake. Crux of Stool Pidgeon. Photo: Henning...
Welcome to Wisconsin, home to some of the Upper Midwest's finest rock climbing venues. Probably, the most popular and highest quantity of climbing can be found at Devil's Lake. Nonetheless, there are other scattered crags in the state for those who are willing to drive and explore. Don't expect to find towering cliffs here, but there is an amazing quality and history to the climbing in the state.
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Featured Route For Wisconsin
: Necedah (Petenwell Bluff)
: Y-Crack Wall
This is the main route up the center of the tower behind Y-Crack Wall. A hard start gives way to easier climbing, angling leftward to the corner (it is harder than 5.10a to bypass the corner and continue straight up). The bolts eventually bring the climber back out on the narrowing face. Here the climbing is very special: the holds become patina-like, and the lichen stands out in technicolor splashes.Upon completing the route, the climber is treated to one of the best summits in Wisconsin (behin...[more] Browse More Classics in WI
Our awesome state
Van Hise Rock
Located near Rock Springs, Van Hise...
Sauk County Wisconsin
Sauk County, Wisconsin
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Kris Gorny's 9.7mm Beal after a fall where the rop...
Devil's Lake from the top of the Old Sandstone blu...
Devil's Lake. Looking down the East Bluff from the...
Narrows Creek, central WI
Fall '07 colors at Devils Lake.
No. Not in Wisconsin. Summit Shot of Wisco Climb...
Crazy Peak - The Crow Indians consider it to be th...
Crazy Peak - The rugged West Ridge route is mainly...
Apparently the Polar Bears at Henry Vilas Zoo are ...
South Slope of the Baraboo Range
Sandstone over Leland
Lower Narrows of the Baraboo Range
Bald Eagle over the Baraboo River
Blue Mounds (1489 Ft.) High Point of Southern Wisc...
View from Cactus Bluff.
View from Cactus Bluff looking downstream (west).
View from Cactus Bluff near Sauk of the Lower Wisc...
Try Lienenkugel's 1880 Bock.
Perhaps Cleo's 1st Ascent? This was "borrowed" fr...
Somewhere in southern Wisconsin...
Found on Supertopo forums with caption "Prunes lea...
Wisconsin climbing legend, Travy Melin.
A rare Wisconsin Whitesnake sighting at Petenwell ...
A secret Wisconsin summit!
Roznos Prairie and South Bluff
Devils Lake Regatta 4/28/12
Badgers row to the sta...
Boulder Bash 2012!!
Poor photo/ light quality, but here is a shot of C...
|By Leo Paik|
From: Westminster, Colorado
Apr 23, 2008
Anyone climb at the cliffs near Greenleaf off WI Hwy 57? One hiker mentioned it had the same Niagara escarpment limestone as High Cliff State Park but taller cliffs.
From: Broomfield, CO
May 14, 2008
I was curious if anyone knows of any bouldering that's been found in southern wisconsin or northern Illinois that might not be very well known? Just figured I'd ask. any info is appreciated. thanks!
From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI
May 14, 2008
I scoped out a great deal of the central area just north of the border (my folks live there). The best I found was a stone watertower (project still), and a stone barn (V5 traverse)....any true rock was all choss or too short.
From: Appleton, WI
Jul 26, 2008
Anyone climb around Niagara, Wi? It seems like there is a decently long and high cliff band with no houses on top or anything so it might be a city/county park. Maybe the mill there owns the part behind the mill but most of it seems pretty accessible. It does look quite virgin (dirty) though. It also looks like high quality High Cliff stone under the dirt/moss/etc. I checked out the Niagara's website and they don't really mention the cliffs specifically though it sounds like there are various other gorges, etc. in the area.
|By matt oberley|
Apr 14, 2011
The new Union South in Madison is advertising that they have a climbing and bouldering wall and is opening this week...anyone know anything about the size and/or quality of these supposed walls?
|By Trad Nanny|
Apr 14, 2011
I am consulting for the U South Wall. It's about 30ft tall and features 4 auto-belays, plus a small boudering cave. The wall is mostly geared to beginners (I did the setting) with a harder route or two mixed in (5.10 max). There is also an awesome crack to climb (Jason Skinner FA). One of the auto belays is on a "realistic" wall which looks good but severally limits what you can set on it.
All the holds are Nicros and setting is mostly done by hold color and not by colored tape (less mess).
Hours are roughly going to be 4pm-9pm I think.
I believe you can go down and check it out starting next Monday.
|By matt oberley|
Apr 14, 2011
Thanks for the info...any pictures of U South?
May 31, 2011
To All Chicago Area Climbers:
I am looking for partners to go to WI climbing and other locations(Jackson Falls, DL, The Red, Grand Dads, etc) with.
I have an Airplane and can fly us there. Please send me a PM if you want more details and the cost of sharing the flight expenses. Hope to meet a few of you soon. I can fit up to 4 climbers with me in the Cherokee 6(with room for gear). I also have lodging available in a log cabin in the area :)
|By Jeff VS|
Jan 10, 2012
Devil's Lake: The top of Sunken Pillar/der Glotz on Balanced Rock Wall is missing! Large rock fall in the last few days. Doesn't change the rating of anything but there is a different look. Perfect climbing day today. 50+ degrees in the middle of January!
May 24, 2013
Is there any climbing in northwestern Wisconsin? I'm headed to some cabins this summer near Siren, WI and Hayward, WI and I'm trying to find something to climb on while I'm up there -- a mini-crag, a boulder, a retaining wall, anything! So far I haven't had much luck searching the interwebs.
From: Madison, WI
May 25, 2013
Check out Interstate State Park near Saint Croix Falls. Lots of great Trad, TR, and bouldering opportunities. Good luck.
Jun 9, 2013
Thanks, Remo. I know about Interstate Park, but I was hoping to find something farther north. Know of anything?