DEVILS LAKE CRAGGIN' CLASSIC

October 11-13, 2019

Join the American Alpine Club and CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment in Baraboo, WI this October 11-13 for the fifth annual Midwest climbing extravaganza, the Devil's Lake Craggin’ Classic!

This three day, grassroots climbing festival is a true celebration of all things climbing, featuring speakers, films, clinics, local and national gear reps, slideshows, beer, fun, and stewardship projects that define our sport and our community. The event is held at Wheeler’s Campground.

With a full lineup of climbing clinics taught by professional athletes and local guides, there's something for everyone to learn. Friday and Saturday night will have a smattering of local live music, films, partying and speakers including voice of the infamous Dirtbag Diaries Fitz Cahall! We’re big on food too: Friday night it’s potluck time, and included with your weekend pass, Saturday night is deliciousness from local food trucks. Both nights include beer for everyone (21+) which pairs perfectly with a silent auction and incredible deals on top-end gear! On Sunday it's time to get your hands dirty with the Wisconsin Climbers Association in the name of stewardship! As a thank you all volunteers get a free tasty breakfast.

Rain or shine, we’re going to have a great time! See you at Devil’s Lake!


REGISTRATION:

GENERAL WEEKEND PASS: $70
Includes event entrance; AAC hat; beer for 21+; breakfast on Saturday and Sunday; admission to films, talks, and slideshows; Fri/Sat camping; food truck dinner on Saturday, access to vendor village; gear demos; and of course a whole lot of fun and games! Weekend pass does not include clinics or admission to Devil’s Lake State Park. See below for more details.
The first 100 participants to register will get a Devil’s Lake Craggin’ Classic steel pint from Klean Kanteen!
 
CLINIC REGISTRATION: $85
Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by pro athletes and instructors from Devils Lake Climbing Guides. All clinics run Saturday, October 12th from 9:00am-4:00pm. Please check in 30 minutes early, ready to go. See below for details. You will need to sign up for a general weekend pass in addition to the clinic registration.

*Current AAC members will receive a 10% discount upon registration checkout.


EVENT SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11th

  • 4:00 PM: Registration Begins at Wheeler’s Campground
    Check in for the weekend, set up camp, and meet old friends and new while you check out the Vendor Village and enjoy a beverage.

  • 5:30 PM: Potluck Dinner and Cookout
    Bring your favorite dish to share with the rest of the party. And no, Doritos are not a meal! Grills will be available to cook burgers, brats, and veggie options.

  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Entertainment
    We promise you’ll be entertained! And if not, go peruse the silent auction that is ‘chalk’ full of great deals on gear, gym memberships, and more. Proceeds benefit the AAC.

  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Friday Silent Auction
    Check out the great offerings from national and local brands on gear, gym passes and other climbing-related swag. Auction closes at 9:00 PM.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th

  • 7:00 AM: Breakfast, presented by the Chicago Mountaineering Club
    Rise and shine to prepare for a big day! Roll out of bed and head to the Vendor Village, where CMC volunteers will head up a camp breakfast.

  • 8:30 AM: Clinic Check-In Next to Registration Tent
    If you're one of the lucky folks registered for a mind-expanding, skill-sharpening clinic, please meet by the registration tent.

  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Climbing Clinics with Pros and Local Guides
    Sign up for a climbing clinic taught by the pros and up your game! Climbers of all abilities are welcome, though not all clinics are appropriate for beginners. Learn the skills you need to know such as big wall aid techniques, self-rescue skills, climbing technique, fast and light alpinism, multi-pitch management, better anchor construction, and much more!

Clinics will be taught by pro athletes and instructors from Devils Lake Climbing Guides.  Clinics are $85, with a 10% discount for AAC members. Please check in, packed and ready to roll, at the registration area at 8:30am. Instructors will give directions to clinic locales and venture forth from there.

  • 5:00 PM Onward: Climber Party and Evening Entertainment including beer, games, and speaker Fitz Cahall
    It's time for a party with friends old and new. We'll have evening entertainment, complete with food, beer, games, and Fitz Cahall.

  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Get to Know the Climber Grief Fund
    The AAC has pioneered a new program to address loss in the climbing community. The Climbing Grief Fund (CGF) evolves the conversation around grief and trauma in the climbing community and connects individuals to effective mental health professionals and resources. Stop by the AAC booth to learn more about the CGF with a certified mental health professional.

  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Saturday Silent Auction
    Check out the great offerings from national and local brands on gear, gym passes and other climbing-related swag. Auction closes at 9:00 PM.

  • 9:30 PM: Bonfires & Brewskis
    After the presentations, gather around a fire to share stories and celebrate with friends late into the night. Hang with our vendors! Drink beers! Howl at the moon! Act weird and stalk through the night! Who cares?! This annual midwest Climber Celebration Party is not to be missed!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13th

  • 8:30 AM: Stewardship Breakfast presented by Apex Adventure Alliance

  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Stewardship Project with the Wisconsin Climbers Association
    Please join the Wisconsin Climbers Coalition for our local crag stewardship and conservation project. Roll up your sleeves, take ownership of this amazing climbing landscape and help keep it clean and maintained. The first 20 people to register for the Stewardship project will receive a thank you gift of a Yeti Lowball Rambler!

  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Moving Forward with Grief and Trauma Workshop - FREE, presented by Outdoor Research
    As climbers there is a high chance we will experience loss. Facilitated by both a mental health professional and professional athlete experienced with the topic, this clinic aims to create a professional and educational container to introduce grief, loss and trauma in climbing. More details below.


CLINIC OFFERINGS:

2019 clinics are presented in part by Devils Lake Climbing Guides. Learning from those that are masters at their craft can seriously benefit your climbing. Take your climbing to a new level by signing up for a climbing clinic taught by professional climbers and local guides! Climbers of all abilities are welcome, though basic climbing knowledge and proficiency is expected.

Clinics for the Devils Lake Craggin’ Classic will be held on Saturday, October 12th from 9:00am to 4:00pm, weather permitting. Please show up 30 minutes early at registration. Clinics will begin promptly at 9:00am.

  • FAST & LIGHT ALPINISM with Nate Smith, presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
    help climbers and alpinists maximize efficiencies of equipment and approach in order to accomplish bigger objectives in less time. The “fast & light” ethic and style has been pushed to extremes in recent years with speed ascents of the Eiger, done-in-a-day pushes on Himalayan Peaks, and unimaginable link-ups in Yosemite Valley, but you don’t have to be a high-level alpinist to benefit from the foundational concepts this philosophy. This clinic highlights and explains these more immediate benefits of the light & fast mentality with a focus on the skills and strategies that help us realize these benefits in the context of our own objectives in single-pitch and multi-pitch terrain. The clinic will cover everything from mindset, to training, to skills, to gear. DLCG instructor Roger Fritz will assist.

Prerequisites: Some outdoor climbing experience is beneficial, an interest in fast & light climbing/mountaineering is key!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment- harness, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate climbing clothing.

  • (SOLD OUT!) FTW (FEMALE, TRANS, WOMEN) INTRO TO TRAD with Sarah Smith, presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
    Join FTW participants for an introduction to traditional climbing tailored to a supportive audience. CAMP athlete Sarah Smith brings her depth of experience as an athlete and instructor to introduce the gear, strategy, and process of trad climbing. Students will have the opportunity to lead on mock-belay and receive instructor feedback on placements, technique and all the other details that make the difference on the sharp end. DLCG instructor Kat Floyd and USA Ice Climbing World Cup athlete Kendra Stritch to assist.

Prerequisites: Must identify as female or nonbinary. Top rope belay experience required, lead belay experience preferable.

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including shoes, harness, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate climbing clothing. Please bring a rack of hardware/protection if you have one, as instructors will have a limited amount of gear to share.

  • (SOLD OUT!) TRAD IS RAD…FOR EVERYBODY! presented by the American Alpine Club
    Everybody should love trad. It’s not as scary as it everyone makes it seem. The biggest reason to learn trad is that trad climbs can be found at all difficulties. It’s impossible to find a 5.1 sport climb anywhere, but there are hundreds of 5.1 trad climbs! Trad climbs outnumber sport climbs on the lower half of the Yosemite Decimal System, so trad climbs are great places to learn to lead. In this clinic, we’ll teach real world skills to climb real world trad, but we’ll focus on grades that help you learn to place sound protection, manage a rope line, and route-find. With the AAC and DLCG instructor Kevin Bergstrom.

Prerequisites: Some initial climbing and belaying experience is important. It’s hard to learn to lead anything without some basic top-roping experience.

Skill Level: Beginners and new sport climbers will get the most out of this clinic. More experienced traditional lead climbers might enjoy a refresher and feedback from the instructor, but this clinic focuses on introducing trad climbing to a newer audience. 

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including harness, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate climbing clothing. Ropes and trad racks will be helpful but not required.

  • (SOLD OUT!) SELF-RESCUE: GRI-GRI SAVES THE DAY! presented by the American Alpine Club
    In this clinic DLCG instructor Kyle Harding and an experienced AAC instructor will teach self-rescue skills every climber should know. Many improvised rescue curricula spend a large amount of time teaching complex improvisation skills: improvised ascension, improvised raising systems, improvised rappels. Instead, our Craggin Classic clinic will propose the GriGri as the centerpiece tool for small teams rescue. Meet the Grigri as pulley and progress capture. Meet the GriGri as an ascension tool. Meet the Grigri as a tandem rappelling tool. Meet the GriGri for leader rescue. It’s the one magical tool that you didn’t know you couldn’t live without.

Prerequisites: All climbers are welcomed to participate, and there will be something valuable for any student. Students more experienced with Multipitch climbing will have more context for the skills presented. Students who are already familiar with the use of GriGri for belaying a toprope and a leader will get to the rescue components more quickly. However, students who have never seen a GriGri before can still have a valuable experience in this clinic.

Skill Level: All skill levels

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including harness, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment , including GriGri (if you own one), 4’ nylon sling or cordelette, prussic loop, and 2 or 3 locking carabiners. Please also bring closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, lunch/water, appropriate hiking & climbing shoes and clothing.

  • (SOLD OUT!) BEGINNER ANCHORS
    Anchor building is a fundamental skill for every outdoor climber. If you’ve never slung a tree or you don’t know a BHK from an HMS, join DLCG instructors James Schroeder and Taylor Henderson for an introductory anchors course to help you understand fundamental concepts like knots, rigging and natural protection. Those familiar with building anchors may enjoy gaining familiarity with new, modern approaches to systems and rigging techniques. All students will have opportunities to set a number of anchors and receive peer and instructor feedback.

Prerequisites: None

Skill Level: Beginner

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including shoes, harness, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate climbing clothing. If you have your own rigging material (40 - 100’ static line, 6 - 8 carabiners, 1-2 48” slings) we encourage you to bring it as instructors will have limited amounts to share and you’ll have the opportunity for hands-on training with it.

  • FTW (FEMME, TRANS, WOMEN) ANCHORS
    Same curriculum as Beginning Anchors (above), but instructors and students must identify as female or non-binary. Michal Watson and Emily Graham will instruct.

Prerequisites: Must identify as female or non-binary

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including shoes, harness, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate climbing clothing. Please bring a rack of hardware/protection if you have one, as instructors will have a limited amount of gear to share.

  • (SOLD OUT!) INTERMEDIATE ANCHORS with Hayden Jamieson presented by Petzl
    Join big wall climber Hayden Jamieson for an anchors course tailored to intermediate anchor setters. Most climbers have a base of anchoring skills, but have room to grow in the anchoring techniques; this clinic aims to take you to the next level of competency, efficiency and style. We’ll dive into common anchoring challenges and demonstrate techniques for solving and avoiding problems towards faster, safer risk management.. All students will have ample opportunity to set a number of anchors and receive peer and instructor feedback. DLCG instructor Dani Zepplin will assist.

Prerequisites: Some prior experience setting anchors required

Skill Level: Intermediate

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including shoes, harness, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate climbing clothing. Please bring a rack of hardware/protection if you have one, as instructors will have a limited amount of gear to share.

  • (SOLD OUT!) CLIMBING MOVEMENT with Marcus Garcia presented by Sterling
    Feeling flat-footed at the gym or crag? Stuck at a plateau you’d like to leave behind? Join Sterling athlete Marcus Garcia and DLCG instructor Matthew Clausen for a technique-focused climbing day where you’ll ratchet up your movement skills. Marcus is an all-around climber, having established mixed routes, sport routes, alpine climbs, desert towers and everything in between. He will help students refine your existing abilities, identify and correct problematic practices, and offer advice for your personal climbing technique. Concepts will include power, flow, footwork, center of gravity, body tension, and static and dynamic movement. One day of focused practice will definitely help you climb harder and more gracefully!

Prerequisites: None

Skill Level: All skill leves

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including shoes, harness, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate climbing clothing.

  • INTRO TO OUTDOOR BOULDERING with Chelsea Rude, presented by Adidas
    Devil’s Lake is a mecca for anyone psyched on bouldering, but it isn’t the easiest place to start. Lake problems trend toward the stiff end, locations are often difficult to find, and landings are often irregular, sharp and unforgiving. Sounds like fun? We think so too! Join pro climber, Adidas athlete, and expert coach Chelsea Rude, alongside local DLCG instructor and Boulders Climbing Gym lead setter Kevin Baker and Adventure Rock head coach Mary Creegan, to learn the local knowledge and skills to transition your gym bouldering game to the quartzite boulders and cliffs of Devil’s Lake. You’ll get a tour of a few prominent bouldering areas, discuss and practice pad placement and spotting techniques, and gain tips on how to climb that slick purple quartzite.

Prerequisites: None

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including rock climbing shoes, closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate climbing clothing. A chalk bag and/or a crash pad are not required, but please bring them if you own them!

  • CLIMBING PHOTOGRAPHY
    Elevate your climbing experience by learning how to photograph authentic storytelling moments from professional photographers, Scott Thompson, and DLCG owner Nick Wilkes. We will discuss and demonstrate how to use storytelling fundamentals and composition to get authentic and compelling imagery that reflects the real experience of the trip. Students will get a hands-on demonstration from our instructors how they capture stories. Plus they will get mentorship during opportunities to photograph live climbing. Students will have the chance to submit ten representational images in advance of the Craggin’ Classic weekend for instructor review and critique. This clinic will meet at 7:30 AM on Saturday 10/12 for image review and a short lecture in advance of our field time.

Prerequisites: Students must have a solid grasp of how their camera works. The class does not focus intensively on technical aspects of photography, but rather positioning and composition.

Skill Level: All skill levels

Equipment Needed: Along with personal climbing equipment (harness and helmet), students will need a hand-held camera (any kind) that can be secured to their body or harness.

  • SKETCHING AT THE CRAG with Julia Kuo
    Bringing a sketchbook to the crag can change the way you take in the nature around you. Our day will be spent at an iconic Devil's Lake crag as the group alternates between climbing and drawing. We'll discuss materials and practice drawing as a means of observing nature, independent of technical skill. No drawing experience is required. Julia Kuo’s illustrations have been published in the New York Times, Google, and the Wall Street Journal. She has illustrated a dozen books, most recently “Heroism Begins with Her: Inspiring Stories of Bold, Brave, and Gutsy Women in the U.S. Military.” You can email her at [email protected] with questions about this clinic. DLCG instructor Sarah Geers will assist.

Prerequisites: None

Skill Level: All skill levels

Equipment Needed: Please bring personal sketching and drawing materials; personal climbing equipment, including helmet, harness, shoes; closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate climbing clothing.

  • (SOLD OUT!) GYM TO (TRAD) CRAG with Devon Derby, presented by Adidas
    Sign up for this clinic if you have spent time in the gym but are looking to learn the fundamentals of taking that knowledge to the outdoors. Skills will be an introduction to building top rope anchors, coiling rope, tying knots and hitches, belaying, lowering and rappelling in an outdoor context. Note, this clinic is not intended as a thorough anchors clinic for climbing and setting at Devils Lake, but rather a starting point for gym climbers who want to be confident and begin building skills for climbing outside. DLCG instructor Dawson Robb will assist.

Prerequisites: This clinic is appropriate for any climber at any phase in their climbing. It is advised that participants have prior experience in the gym but it is not necessary.

Skill Level: Beginner outdoor climber

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment-helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware (helmet, harness, and shoes can be provided). Personal Items such as food, water, sunscreen, bug spray, camera, note taking tools. Appropriate apparel and footwear (clinics may require a short hike and will be conducted outdoors).

  • (SOLD OUT!) INTRO TO AID CLIMBING with Fitz Cahall, presented by Duct Tape then Beer
    Do you want to climb The Nose? Do you climb 5.14? Don’t worry, with aid climbing, you can tackle super-human objectives without super-human finger strength. Join Fitz Cahall from Dirtbag Diaries and DLCG instructor Aaron Gustafson to learn the fundamentals of aiding in this hands-on clinic. The clinic will cover the basics of aid climbing, ascending a rope, bounce-testing gear, and using aiders the fast way. Even if you don’t plan to ever do much aid climbing, most skills will carry over into free climbing.

Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of traditional climbing tools (cams, passive protection, anchor building, knots/hitches).

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including shoes, harness, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate climbing clothing. Please bring a rack of hardware/protection if you have one, as instructors will have a limited amount of gear to share.

  • (SOLD OUT!) INTRO TO MULTI-PITCH with Raphael Slawinski, presented by Black Diamond
    Join Black Diamond athlete Raphael Slawinski as he shares skills and concepts for safely navigating challenging situations in multi-pitch (sport or trad) and alpine rock terrain. An emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving helps make the most of the simple tools you usually have on hand. Become more competent in multi-pitch rock and mountain terrain by carrying less equipment but doing more with it, moving more efficiently, and having skills that can address unexpected challenges. The day will include anchor building practice, multi-pitch climbing, discussing “best practices” and ascending/descending ropes. DLCG instructor Angela Limbach will assist.

Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of traditional climbing tools (cams, passive protection, anchor building, knots/hitches).

Skill Level: Intermediate

Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including shoes, harness, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, closed-toed hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate climbing clothing. Please bring a rack of hardware/protection if you have one, as instructors will have a limited amount of gear to share.

  • FOLLOW LIKE A BOSS
    Before climbers lead their first trad route, most will first get experience by following/seconding a leader. The problem is, becoming a good follower is not exactly easy. On your first follow, you might not know exactly what to expect, what your “jobs” are, or how to perform them well. In this clinic, DLCG instructor Ben Smith will prepare you to efficiently and effectively follow single and multi-pitch routes. We'll focus on gear cleaning, communication, transition efficiency, and the roles that separate an awesome follower from a burdensome companion. In short, we'll transform you into the (climbing) partner any climbing leader dreams of! DLCG instructor Evan Stoddard will assist.

Prerequisites: Some outdoor climbing experience is beneficial, but not required.

Skill Level: Intermediate


WORKSHOPS:

  • MOVING FORWARD WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA, presented by Outdoor Research
    (Sunday, 9:00 AM - 1:00PM, FREE)

As climbers there is a high chance we will experience loss. Facilitated by both a mental health professional and professional athlete experienced with the topic, this clinic aims to create a professional and educational container to introduce grief, loss and trauma in climbing. All are welcome to participate and while there will be invitations for discussion and sharing, participants are also welcome to simply listen. At the end of the session there will be the option to climb together for the afternoon (not a guided activity).

*The AAC’s Climbing Grief Fund provides individual grants for counseling and is evolving the grief conversation through visibility and a network of accessible mental health services that understand grief, trauma AND climbing.



ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

EVENT HEADQUARTERS at Wheeler’s Campground:
Join us at the Event and Camping grounds, located on Wheeler’s Campground at E11329 Wisconsin 136, Baraboo, WI 53913.

PARKING/CARPOOLING:
Parking at the event will be tight so please carpool! All vehicles that will enter into Devils Lake State Park during the weekend must have a WI State Parks sticker or day pass.

SATURDAY FOOD TRUCKS:
Dinner on Saturday night is from local food trucks, including vegetarian options. There will be at least two food trucks this year to help make lines shorter and ensure that there is enough food for everyone! More details to come soon.

VOLUNTEERS:
We would love your help to make this event a success! If you would like to volunteer to help with setup on Friday, parking and check-in the day of, and/or clean up and breakdown the day after, we'll have something special to offer you in thanks! Please contact Event Coordinator Scott Wilton at [email protected]

DOGS:
Dogs are allowed but strongly discouraged. This is a loud and busy event. If you bring your dog they MUST be leashed AT ALL TIMES, both at the campground and in the park. Dogs are not allowed at clinics without prior permission from the instructor.

KIDS:
Children under the age of 12 may attend the event and camp for free if they are staying with a parent/guardian. Please make sure they check in at registration as well to receive an event wristband. This free pass does not include a Saturday night food ticket, nor any of the event swag, only free attendance.


JOIN THE FUN:

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Questions ?
If you have any questions regarding the Devil's Lake Craggin' Classic, please contact Event Coordinator Scott Wilton at [email protected] 


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Banner photo: AAC member Jay Knower