3 Days, 2 Nights|
Devil’s Lake State Park, WI|
$225 (Under 18)
Join us for an introduction to the exciting world of rock climbing at Devil’s Lake State Park. Surround yourself with colorful bluffs and trees while we teach the basics of climbing to beginners and challenging climbs to those of you ready to take it higher. Our experienced guides will show you the ropes - literally - and help you reach your goals.
We will be setting up camp Friday evening. All day Saturday and most of Sunday will be spent learning and refining your rock climbing skills. We generally 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 weekend you will have the opportunity to hike, rock climb, learn advanced rock skills, swim and enjoy the wilderness experience that Devil’s Lake provides.
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 the campsite.
- 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 longer shorts or capris (loose fitting for comfort under the harness, non-cotton)
- 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 are handy for camp.
- 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
- 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 to learn to rock climb in the Midwest. Stunningly beautiful and colorful bluffs encircle a sparkling lake, making for some spectacular vistas. Come join the exciting world of rock climbing! Devil’s Lake of Wisconsin is a unique natural wonder. Devil’s Lake owes its unique natural beauty and rock formations to past Ice Ages and the presence of numerous inland seas. Over millions of years, erosion, ice, rivers and time have created some of the remarkable formations such as Balanced Rock, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the numerous 500 foot quartzite cliffs. As we camp and explore around Devil’s Lake you may feel as though you have stepped back in time to a remote corner of our Midwest.
How do I get there?
Take interstate 90 all the way to Baraboo, and follow the signs for Devil’s Lake. We will send you detailed directions and a map upon registration. Devil’s Lake lies about 3-4 hours north of Chicago near Baraboo, Wisconsin. For various reasons, most people will choose to meet us at Devil’s Lake State Park. Some people are in the area on vacation while others may be leaving straight from work on Friday. Carpooling may be an option depending on who else is registering for the trip and where they are coming from.
What papers do I need for travel?
You will need a Wisconsin State Parks sticker or three day pass parking permits available at the park entrances.
How and where will you meet me?
We will meet you at the campsite.
How long will it take me to get there?
The drive from the Chicago area takes about 3.5 hours.
Where should I stay overnight around there?
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 shops in the park and surrounding towns accept major credit cards, and finding an ATM is very easy.
What's the weather like?
The weather is similar to summer in Chicago. Highs are in the 80s with overnight lows in the 60s.
What are the accommodations like?
While on our weekend trip we will be camping in a local campground (usually Devil’s Lake State Park). We use two-person tents and eat delicious morning and evening meals right in our campsites.The campground has restrooms, running water and hot showers. We sleep in 2-man or larger A-frame tents.
What do I need to bring?
We will send you a gear list upon registration. In addition to your personal accessories, you will need to have an assortment of insulating clothes, a sleeping bag and a sleeping pad. Feel free to contact our office for any questions regarding gear and/or clothing, as we want to make sure that you are comfortable during the trip.
Can I drink the water?
Yes, there a lots of pumps and faucets with potable water 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 US 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?
On both Saturday and Sunday the group will rock climb in a specific climbing area. You will need to hike to the climbing area which may take up to one hour. Hiking options are unlimited. On Saturday, we will begin the day with an introduction and/or review of basic rock climbing making this trip ideal for those without much experience. We are generally off the rock by mid afternoon giving you plenty of time to shower, and relax in the evening. Our guides have plenty of creative activities to keep all ages involved and engaged. On Sunday we will aim to finish by 3 PM so you can get home at a decent hour.
What kind of equipment do you use?
We use high quality, durable equipment on all our rock climbing trips. Our tents are either Eureka or Kelty. Climbing gear is all labeled with the UIAA certification (the international body for rope equipment standards).
How many people are on this trip? How many guides? Who are the guides / what are their qualifications?
The minimum number of people needed to make this trip go is 5. Generally our groups are fairly small (between 5-10 people), and we maintain a ratio of one guide for every five participants. Our guides are all experienced in all aspects of wilderness travel and have years of experience leading groups. They all hold certifications in Wilderness First Aid.
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.
Can I plug in my hair dryer? What about my electric razor?
Yes, the campground bathrooms have electric outlets, although sometimes they are very popular and you may have to wait.
I just wanted to tell you what a superb time we had on our Northwest Passage multisport trip last weekend. It far surpassed our expectations - we knew it would be fun and exciting but we didn't know how much. The best part about the trip was the guides, Mike and Paxton. Mike was so qualified and conscientious and attentive to our every need. He was an excellent leader and took full responsibility for the excursions, safety in everything we did, prep and clean up for the meals, etc. The kids loved him because he was a lot of fun and made sure they had a great time, esp getting comfortable in the water. He tried hard to encourage Sam, who didn't care for rock climbing, and made sure he had an extra good time on the paddle boards.
Paxton has the most positive and fun personality and was super encouraging on the rock climbing. I don't think we would have climbed so high without his tips and encouragement. He knew the rocks so well he could tell us just what to do. We felt very safe and confident with his instruction. There was another group watching us and I could sense their envy! He was a blast on the paddle boards too and was like a (nice) big brother to the kids. They loved him.
Both guides taught us campfire games and made our last night there really fun. They accommodated our every need and were really flexible to do what we wanted without complaint. My kids mentioned later that Mike and Paxton were more like family friends than guides. They said it was one of the best vacations we've ever taken.
Thank you so much for such a great trip. We will do it again and are recommending NW Passage to all our friends, and especially these two guides!
Sincerely" - Kathy and Brad Gossard Wilmette, IL - Devil's Lake, 2015