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.
Steve Schultz on Good Morning Veruca, Devil's Lake
| || |Steve running a lap.
Submitted By: Remo on May 6, 2013
Ted Kryzer on Wild West Homo, Devil's Lake
| || |Ted Kryzer on WWH in the approaching storm. 07/25/09.
Submitted By: Kris Gorny on Jul 29, 2009
Henning Boldt climbing Fire In The Sky, Necedah (Petenwell Bluff)
| || |Necedah, WI. Fire Spire. Henning Boldt on Fire in the Sky. May 02 '09.
Submitted By: Kris Gorny on May 4, 2009
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['4 Stars',161],['3 Stars',1011],['2 Stars',988],['1 Star',318],['Bomb',9]
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Gill's Nose 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a WI
: Devil's Lake
: ... : Gill's Buttress
Gill climbed it first, but a foothold broke shortly thereafter. Locate the slab between Brinton's and Gill's Buttresses--the route climbs the prominent nose to the right of the slab. A classic Devil's Lake hard route. At the crux, the original line goes left to a big flat jug and clocks in at 11b. However, the more direct finish (keeping your right hand on or near the corner) certainly requires an 11c effort. ...[more] Browse More Classics in WI
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|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?
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?
Jun 28, 2013
Does anyone know the condition of the wall at willow? I heard there has been a lot of rain lately. Is it climbable?
|By al grahn|
Oct 26, 2013
Greeley, you might be closer to Duluth. Check out stuff in Duluth and Ely's Peak and of course further up the Shore.