Climbing at Devil’s Lake

I’m finally back from my weekend camping out in Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin! David, Will’s former college roommate, saw that climbing was on my Fitness Bucket List and was kind enough to invite us along on the trip and teach us everything there is to know about climbing. We drove up to Wisconsin late Friday night, camped out, and went for a climb early Saturday morning.

We climbed to the top where the view of Devil’s Lake was amazing!

We trusted our lives to Dave to secure the ropes

The first thing to learn about climbing was belaying – a climbing technique referring to your partner acting as an anchor for you so that if you (the climber) fall, you will be secure in your harness and not fall to the ground. The person belaying sits at the base of the rock wall while the other person climbs.

It’s harder then it looksÔǪ

In the photo on the right you can see me really small on the side of the wall near the top (although I never quite made it to the top because the climb got too challenging for my beginner skill level)!

Will also took a shot at climbing up!

Dave’s an awesome climber and makes it look far too easy!

He even made it to the top of one wall in an incredible 5 minutes!

After a full day of climbing we headed back to the camp site for some dinner and beers by the camp fire. The brownies were also a big hit!

The trip was a blast; I’m so glad I got a chance to learn how to climb! Thanks Dave! With my trip to Lake Tahoe and weekend camping I feel like I’ve had my fair share of outdoors activities for a while, back to the city please!


  1. David Phillips

    Hey guys! Looks like an awesome trip. I hope all is going well with you both. I moved back to Nebraska, so next time you’re in town, be sure to let me know!

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