3 Days, 2 Nights|
Devil’s Lake State Park, WI|
Guides, all meals except in transit, permits, instruction, and all necessary group and climbing equipment (excluding climbing shoes).|
Personal clothing and accessories, sleeping bag and a pad. A complete clothing checklist will be sent to you upon registration. Climbing shoes available for rent for $15.
Join us for an introduction to the exciting world of rock climbing, hiking and kayaking at Devil’s Lake State Park. Surround yourself with colorful bluffs and trees while we teach the basics of rock climbing to beginners, and challenge those of you ready to take it higher. On this special climbing/kayaking multi-sport adventure, we will also teach you the basics of kayaking on Devil’s Lake.
We will be setting up camp Friday evening. All day Saturday and most of Sunday will be spent learning and refining your sea kayaking and rock climbing skills.
We generally sea kayak, hike and rock climb throughout Devil’s Lake State Park. Saturday morning we will be doing some instruction on the basic skills required to rock climb safely. Throughout the rest of the day you will have the opportunity to hike, rock climb, learn advanced rock skills, swim and enjoy the wilderness experience that Devil’s Lake provides.
Sunday morning the group will turn in the rock climbing harness for paddle and PFD and learn basic sea kayak skills. The remainder of the day will be spent touring Devil's Lake.
In order to provide the finest and most complete wilderness experience, we strongly encourage and expect participation in all camp chores, including cooking, washing dishes, setting up and breaking down camp. We will provide all meals (except in transit), tents, all camping and cooking equipment, and all rock climbing-related equipment. Showers and swimming are available at Devil's Lake. You maybe sharing a tent with fellow participants each night.
- 2 t-shirts (non-cotton preferable for quick drying)
- 1 shirt, long sleeved, synthetic preferred. Cotton when wet stays wet and makes you colder
- 1 towel
- 2 pairs of shorts (loose fitting for comfort under the harness, noncotton for kayaking)
- 1 pair loose fitting long pants - no blue jeans
- Sun/rain hat
- 1 pr. synthetic long underwear (medium weight); especially for early summer and fall trips
- 2 pairs shoes/sandals - lightweight sneakers work fine. Hiking boots are another option. Tevas or other sport sandals for kayaking.
- 2 pair socks
- Bathing suit
- 1 light or mid-weight fleece jacket
- Windbreaker jacket
- Rain gear (jacket and pants)
- Bandana (optional)
- Clean change of clothing for the trip home (optional)
- Toiletry kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and shampoo, sunscreen, face cream, nail clippers, personal medication etc.)
- Bug repellent
- Sleeping bag (compact, 3-season) and pad
- Flashlight, batteries & extra bulb- headlamps are preferred
- Large plastic cup with handle (commuter mug)
- Pocket knife
- Water bottle
- Chums/Croakies® to keep glasses on your head are imperative
- Energy bars/reserve food
- Rock climbing shoes and chalk bag
- Camera, film, waterproof container
- Entertainment (harmonica, cards, games)
- Fishing rod (collapsible, with container and license) and tackle
- Ziploc storage bags
- Crazy Creek chair or small lawn chair
Notes: Climbing shoes are a luxury and not required for any of the rock climbing activities for this weekend.
What is special about this trip?
Devil’s Lake is the perfect venue for an introductory rock climbing trip. It is a beautiful location with climbing areas close to the campsites offering a variety of climbing routes for all skill levels, from novice to expert. The lake itself is quite striking as well, and because of its size, quite warm when the summer rolls around. Learn two exciting outdoor sports in one weeknd! What could be better?
How do I get there?
From the Chicago area, just take interstate 90 past Madison and exit in Baraboo, WI.
How and where will you meet me?
The Northwest Passage staff will meet you at the campsite on the first night of the adventure.
How long will it take me to get there?
It takes about 3 - 3.5 hours to drive from Chicago.
Where should I stay overnight around there?
There are lots of hotels, motels and cabins in the area. If you plan to arrive early or stay late, give the office a call for a recommendation on a great place to stay.
What money should I take?
You will need a Wisconsin State Parks sticker or a few day passes for your vehicle which you can purchase at the park entrance. You won’t need any money on the trip itself, just traveling money.
Do they take plastic there? Are there cash stations?"
The park and most shops and restaurants in the area accept credit cards, and there are lots of ATMs in town.
What's the weather like?
It’s very similar to Chicago summertime weather, hot during the day with nighttime temperatures in the 60s.
What are the accommodations like?
We stay in Eureka tents, either 2-man or larger A-frame style tents.
What do I need to bring?
We will send you a gear list upon registration.
Can I drink the water?
Yes, there is running hot water (and showers!) several places throughout the park.
What's the food like?
Your NWP guides cook up great food and lots of it. Breakfasts consist of oatmeal, hot drinks, fresh fruit, eggs and bacon. At lunch we have sandwiches and snack on fruit, trail mix, hummus, cookies, etc. We make a hearty hot supper each night, typically something along the lines of chicken fajitas, jambalya, pesto pasta or Thai noodle dishes.
What time zone will I be in?
All of Wisconsin is in the Central Time Zone.
How can people reach me in an emergency? Can I call home?
The Devil’s Lake park office number is (608) 356-8301, and all our guides will carry their cell phones with them.
How much time do we spend traveling each day? How many miles? Do I have free time?
We climb for a few hours in the morning, break for lunch and then climb for a few more hours in the afternoon. We paddle for about 3-5 hours on the following day.
What kind of equipment do you use?
We use high quality climbing equipment, and maintain our ropes down to the most stringent detail. We paddle hardshell plastic kayaks.
How many people are on this trip? How many guides? Who are the guides / what are their qualifications?
We take between 4 and 12 people on this trip maintaining at least a 1:5 guide to participant ratio. The guides are experienced rock climbing instructors and outdoor professionals who are certified in Wilderness First Aid as a baseline minimum.
How can I prepare physically for the trip? How much prior experience is needed?
No prior experience or physical conditioning is necessary for this trip. An adventurous spirit is all that’s needed.