DEVILS LAKE CRAGGIN' CLASSIC
October 13-15, 2017
Join the American Alpine Club and CAMP USA in Baraboo, WI this October 13th to 15th for the third annual Midwest climbing extravaganza, the Devil's Lake Craggin’ Classic!
This 3-day, grassroots climbing festival is a true celebration of all things climbing, featuring films, speakers, clinics, comps, local and national gear reps, slideshows, and stewardship projects that define our sport and our community.
The 2017 Craggin’ Classic features the a full line-up of climbing clinics taught by pro athletes and Devil’s Lake Climbing Guides; a Bouldering Competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Climbers Association and dozens of industry brands; a Trad Climbing Competition, sponsored by Wisconsin Climbers Association and Black Diamond; a Climber Party featuring food by Madison’s Underground Food Collective and beer from Sixpoint Brewery. Additionally, enjoy live music, silent auctions and raffles with incredible deals on top-end gear and, on Sunday, a free volunteer breakfast followed by a variety of local crag stewardship projects--we'll be working with the Ice Age Trail Alliance to repair and enhance our beloved Devil’s Lake State Park!
*Registration is currently closed, but will open on 8/14/17. Tickets are limited and will sell out. Please check back later for more information. All details listed below are subject to change until registration is officially open.
GENERAL WEEKEND PASS: $55
Includes: Event entrance Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including access to all entertainment (some limited seating may apply); AAC trucker hat and event cup; beer for those 21+; Camping Friday and Saturday night at Devil's Lake State Park; and a local breakfast and coffee on Saturday and Sunday morning. Event ticket price does not include clinics, comps, admission into Devil's Lake State Park, or additional food. See below for more details.
CLINIC REGISTRATION: $85
Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by professional climbing athletes and local guides from Devil's Lake Climbing Guides. All clinics run Saturday, October 13th from 9:00am to 4:00pm. See below for clinic descriptions and details.
BOULDERING & TRAD CLIMBING COMPETITIONS: $20
Throw your hat in the ring and compete against your peers for glory! Choose either the Bouldering or Trad comp, then strategize your plan to maximize efficiency while racking up points in your respective discipline. A bevy of great prizes await the winners!
*Current AAC members will receive a 10% discount upon registration checkout.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13th
- 4:00 PM: Registration Begins at Northern Lights 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/Cookout Dinner
Bring your favorite dish to share with the rest of the tribe. And no, Doritos are not a meal! Grills will be available to cook burgers, brats and veggie versions.
- 7:30 PM: Film Showing & Evening Entertainment.
TBA. Stay tuned for more.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th
- 7:00 AM: Volunteer 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. Coffee from our friends at Starbucks in Monona, WI.
- 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM: Bouldering & Trad Comp Check-In
Check in at the Vendor Village to receive competition rules and procedures and check out all the great prizes you’ll be competing for!
- 8:30 AM: Clinic Check-In
Meet your clinic instructors and fellow students in the Vendor Village. Get directions and the plan for the day, then rally to your clinic’s rendezvous point at Devil’s Lake.
- 9:00 AM: Climbing Clinics Begin hosted by Devil's Lake Climbing Guides
Learning from those that are masters at their craft can seriously benefit your climbing. Sign up for a climbing clinic taught by the professional climbing athletes and local climbing guides and up your game. Everyone has something to learn. Climbers of all abilities are welcome, though basic climbing knowledge and proficiency is expected.
Please check in, packed and ready to roll, at the Clinic Tent at Northern Lights Campground at 8:30am. Instructors will give directions to clinic locales and venture forth from there. See below for clinic descriptions and details.
- 9:00 AM: Bouldering Competition Begins
Join the Wisconsin Climbers Association and a who’s who of industry brands for the second bouldering comp in the WCA annual series. Individuals will compete for an awesome array of prizes, sending as many problems as possible within the time limit. Official problem list and rules for the comp will be available on September 5th.
- 9:00 AM: Trad Climbing Competition
Join the Wisconsin Climbers Association and Black Diamond for the first organized trad climbing comp at Devil’s Lake. Pairs will compete for an awesome array of prizes from Black Diamond, climbing as many routes as possible from Balanced Rock to D’Arcy’s Buttress. Official rules and details will be available September 5th.
- 5:00 PM: Climber Party with Sixpoint Brewery and Underground Food Collective
Join the tribe and get ready to let your hair down with free beer from Sixpoint Brewery and a la carte food from Underground Food Collective (food price not included in ticket). The evening will feature free swag and gear handouts; free beer (21+); live music; a massive silent auction and raffle featuring amazing deals on top end gear; vendor village and games; local food; and more!
- 6:30 PM: Entertainment TBA
Who knows what sort of amazing hijinks will happen? Not us, not yet. Expect something awesome.
- 8:00 PM: Slideshow Presentation by TBA
Still working out the details here. Check back soon.
- 9:30 PM: Bonfires & Brewskis
After the film, gather around a fire to share stories and celebrate with friends late into the night. Hang with our vendors! Win gear at our raffles and Silent Auctions! 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 15th
- 8:30am Volunteer Breakfast
Free breakfast for stewardship project volunteers at the South Shore of Devil's Lake. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and coffee from Starbucks of Monona, WI, then sign up for a service project to give back to the park we love so much.
- 9:00am Stewardship Projects Throughout the Park
With your belly full, sign up for a Stewardship Project and do your part in giving back. Specific projects remain TBD, but will involve rehabilitating, enhancing and/or preventing damage to the Park. Ice Age Trail Alliance will facilitate a few teams helping with a trail re-reroute of the Balanced Rock Trail. Get involved and take ownership of the great climbing and heavily-visited trails and cliffsides at Devil’s Lake. Roll up your sleeves and get involved helping to keep our climbing areas strong and vibrant! Meet at the South Shore picnic area, directly after breakfast.
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 from Devil's Lake Climbing Guides! Climbers of all abilities are welcome, though basic climbing knowledge and proficiency is expected.
Clinics for the Devil's Lake Craggin’ Classic will be held on Saturday, October 13th from 9:00am to 4:00pm, weather permitting. Please check in, packed and ready to roll, at the Clinic Tent at Northern Lights Campground at 8:30am. Instructors will give directions to clinic locales and venture forth from there.
Personal Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including shoes, harness, chalk, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, hiking shoes, lunch/calories, hydration, and appropriate clothing for climbing.
*Clinic details are currently TBA. Please check back later for more information.
- HUGE DAYS WITH A LIGHT RACK with Scott Bennett, presented by CAMP USA
There are few things more fascinating or fulfilling than proficiently negotiating technical terrain on huge rock routes. Here, proficiency is the key … when everything we know and all the training we do comes together to create a very particular kind of accomplishment. This clinic is designed to explore the strategies and tactics involved in trying to improve our efficiency on big multi-pitch rock routes so we can ultimately move faster and climb higher. We will be studying the skills, the gear, and our objectives in order to distill this vast subject matter down to a digestible set of strategies and tactics that we can exercise in our regular climbing and training routines. The CAMP athletes teaching these clinics are absolute experts on the subject with bold first ascents around the world and numerous speed records across the United States from the Naked Edge in Eldorado Canyon to the Nose on El Capitan. See the clinic curriculum for more details.
- THE ART OF THE PROJECT with Ben Rueck, presented by CAMP USA
The Art of the Project is an intensive clinic designed to help climbers break into new levels of difficulty within a single pitch environment. To develop the curriculum, we worked with CAMP athlete Ben Rueck who credits his growth as a climber to learning and understanding the art of project. The curriculum is designed to put a structure behind projecting that can be used to dissect and accomplish our objectives. The clinic covers the emotional, mental, and physical parts of the process from the perspective of athletes who have had to use these very tools to push their climbing to new levels.
Here is a short introduction from the author and instructor:
"Two years and over 50 falls had gone into trying to send Gutless Wonder (5.14b), my first climb at that grade. I can only estimate the falls because after thirty of them, I’d just quit counting. I wanted to walk away from the 50 degree lime stone wall and sweep the idea of red-pointing this Colorado test piece under the rug. But I couldn’t and I wouldn’t. There was an indescribable pull that forced me to grow as a climber and as a person –– as well as plant the seed for this clinic. It all started with a simple shift in my mental framework, ‘It is not so much the Why, but the How that matters.’
Easy phrase to speak aloud, but it took ten years for me to grasp and understand …
I needed to stop asking why I could not climb the sequence and I needed to start asking how I could climb the sequence. Suddenly a map opened before me and I could understand the things that needed to happen if I was going to succeed. That map is what I have tried to put structure behind for clinic attendees."
KNOWING THE ROPES, presented by the American Alpine Club
AAC Education has been taking controversial climbing topics head on for the last 6 years. The most controversial topics in climbing tend to generate fervor because misinformation, dogma, and rigid problem-solving often characterize what we think we know about some of the most foundational skills in American climbing. These knowledge gaps often lead to accidents, but it’s not always the novice climber that gets hurt. Intermediate and advanced climbers also fall victim to knowledge gaps.
The Know the Ropes sampler is a clinic for any climber that wants to get off the Mountain Project forum and have a real hands-on myth-busting, set-the-record-straight, interactive educational session on the following topics: Belaying in single pitch and multipitch; Rappelling; Cleaning an anchor in a single pitch setting; Anchor building.
PREREQUISITES: This clinic is appropriate for any climber at any phase in their climbing. If participants have prior experience with the clinic topics, the clinic can be more hands-on. If not, the clinic still has informational value for those that might not yet be ready to practice in 5th class terrain.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware, any anchor building equipment). Personal Items such as food, water, sunscreen, bugspray, camera, note taking tools. Appropriate apparel and footwear (clinics may require a short hike and will be conducted outdoors).
IMPROVISED SELF-RESCUE, presented by the American Alpine Club
Self-Rescue curricula rarely focus on the scenarios that actually routinely happen. Our clinic will spend less time focusing on unlikely scenarios like incapacitated climbers or leader-rescue and more time focusing on the awkward scenarios that every climber eventually experiences: Rope gets stuck when you try to pull it; Rope Drag is so severe the leader can’t move; I dropped my belay device; My rope doesn’t make it to the next rap station.
PREREQUISITES: This clinic has value for any climber at any phase in their climbing. If participants to do not have traditional lead climbing experience or multi pitch climbing experience, the hands-on portions of the clinics will likely be limited to ground school.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Specific rescue tools (2 5mm nylon prussic loops or Sterling Hollowblocks, 2 48" slings, 2 7mm nylon cordellette, a mechanical assisted braking device, a tube style belay device with plaquette function like an ATC Guide or Reverso, 4 extra HMS style locking carabiners). Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, climbing shoes, belay hardware, lead climbing and anchor building tools). Personal Items such as food, water, sunscreen, bugspray, camera, note taking tools, etc. Appropriate apparel and footwear (clinics may require a short hike and will be conducted outdoors).
Onsite camping is included with your General Weekend Pass to the Devil's Lake Craggin’ Classic. Camping is located at Northern Lights Campground, Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, WI.
If you have any questions regarding the Devil's Lake Craggin' Classic, please contact Event Coordinator Nick Wilkes at [email protected]
The 2017 Devil's Lake Craggin' Classic is presented by: