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South Bluff Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Tom Anderson-Brown on Sep 25, 2002


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The South Bluff contains more climbs than you can count on your fingers and toes. Plus, your almost sure to find the climbs available any time of year, any day of the week. It has been rumored that there are even some ice climbs near the base of the bluff if conditions are right. Head on over and check out the climbs on the South Bluff. You can pretend you're on an expedition!

Getting There 

The exposed rock of the South Bluff is located across the valley from the CCC area. The climbs are easily spotted in the horizontal band of talus near the top of the bluff. Bushwack your way to the outcropping and get climbing!

Climbing Season

For the Devil's Lake area.

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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Featured Route For South Bluff
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom A-B on the near the top of Jan's Lament

Jan's Lament 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : ... : January Wall
Jan's Lament is found on the east end of January Wall. Start out on the route by reaching high for good hands and smear with your feet. About 5 feet up use the crack/flake to do a semi-layback and ascend to easier territory. Climb to the top on small ledges....[more]   Browse More Classics in Wisconsin

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Rock Climbing Photo: A shot of the South Bluff from the Doorway Rocks
BETA PHOTO: A shot of the South Bluff from the Doorway Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the South Bluff, Feb. 1, 2014. We went u...
View from the South Bluff, Feb. 1, 2014. We went u...
Rock Climbing Photo: A digital zoom of the outcropping on the South Blu...
BETA PHOTO: A digital zoom of the outcropping on the South Blu...

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By Anonymous Coward
Mar 22, 2004
I checked out the South Bluff area for the first time this weekend (3/20/04). The climbing is limited but it's worth the trip just to say you've been there; it's "remote" for Devil's Lake and if offers a nice view of the park. Although nothing spectacular, there are indeed ice formations located in the wooded area below the boulder field. I estimate access in the summer would be near impossible if not extremely unpleasant because getting there involves a good amount of bush-whacking. The rock was also wet, dirty, and slippery.
By Ed Wright
Aug 18, 2006
The best bouldering at Devil's Lake is on the South bluff. Good trail starts behind the boat landing parking lot.

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