Looking to get some trad climbing experience starting this spring. None of the partners I have at the moment have any interest in it but I've always been curious. I live in Chicago and am pretty wide open on the weekends to go to Devils Lake etc. I looked into a day climbing with a guide but it seems incredibly expensive so I figured I would try to see if there was anyone out there that wouldn't mind letting me join in on a trip and show me what the deal is before invest in gear/classes. Thanks!
I'm in chicago and go up to DL a few times a year. You're welcome to tag along. I have a full rack and am about to get my amga spi certification.
I climb at bkb a few times a week if you want to meet before then.
I also highly recommend taking the anchors 1 and 2 courses from devils lake climbing guides. It's not really centered around trad climbing but teaches how to use gear and how to build anchors and is a great introduction to the basics.