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 at 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, and you can see a festival venue map here.

With a full lineup of climbing clinics taught by professional athletes and local guides, there's something for every climber. Friday and Saturday night will have a smattering of local live music, films, partying, and speakers! After you work up your appetite, join us Friday night for the popular and tasty potluck from last year, and included with your weekend pass, Saturday night is deliciousness from El Grito Taqueria and beer from SixPoint brewery, 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.

**2019 event info and schedule coming soon!


**Registration opens August 13. Information and prices are subject to change until then.

GENERAL WEEKEND PASS: $60 online, $65 onsite
Includes event entrance; AAC trucker hat & Klean Kanteen pint glass; beer for 21+; dinner on Saturday night from El Grito Taqueria; breakfast on Saturday and Sunday; admission to films, talks, and slideshows; Fri/Sat camping; access to vendor village; gear demos; and of course a local live band! Weekend pass does not include clinics or admission to Devil’s Lake State Park. See below for more details.
Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by pro athletes and instructors from Devil’s Lake Climbing Guides. All clinics run Saturday, October 13th from 9:00am-4:00pm.  Please check in 30 minutes early, ready to go. See below for details.

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




  • 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 - 7:30 PM: Live Music
    Get down and dirty and dance your heart out to some live local music.

  • 7:30 PM: Adventure Film Fest
    Join us for a curated set of films from the 2018 Adventure Film Fest in the big event tent! Bring a camp chair and a sleeping bag to make things cozy.



  • 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.

  • 7:00 AM: Sunrise Yoga
    Get your butt out of bed and ready for an awesome day with a 45 minute yoga flow. Please bring your own mat or towel, as they will not be provided!

  • 8:30 AM: Clinic Check-In
    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, advanced rappelling, 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.

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Devils Lake Climbing Area Tours with WCA
    The Wisconsin Climbing Association will be offering tours of various rope and bouldering climbing areas around the park. This is a great way to find some of the hidden gems of Devils Lake, and to make new friends to climb with the in afternoon! The rope and bouldering tours will likely separate into two separate groups. More details to come.

  • 5:00 PM: Climber Party with Sixpoint Brewery and El Grito Taqueria
    It's time for a party with friends old and new. We'll have evening entertainment, complete with food from our friends at El Grito Taqueria. It's not a party without beer, so thanks to SixPoint Brewery, we'll have that too!

  • 6:00 PM: Presentation by professional climber Delaney Miller, sponsored by Sterling Ropes
    Hailing from Frisco, TX Delaney started climbing at age 12. After discovering a climbing gym near her hometown the hobby quickly became an obsession. Now a three time USA Champion climber, Delaney continues to build upon her already impressive resume. Join us as we listen to some of her stories in what it’s like to pull hard!

  • 7:00 PM: Silent Auction Begins
    Following Delaney’s presentation, the deals begin! 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.

  • 7:30 PM: Presentation by professional climber Brittany Griffith, sponsored by Black Diamond
    Signing up for a weekend course through the University of Iowa, Devils Lake was the first place Brittany ever went climbing. Since then, it seems like she has climbed anywhere and everywhere that has rock! Join us as we listen to the many stories of this adventurous climber.

  • 8:30 PM: Last chance for Silent Auction
    Go make your final bids before the 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!


  • 8:30 AM: Stewardship Breakfast presented by Apex Adventure Alliance
    Our friends at Apex Adventure Alliance want to fill your bellies with some tasty grub before we head out for some good ol' fashioned trail work. Don’t forget some coffee from Just Coffee too!

  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Stewardship Project with the Wisconsin Climbers Coalition
    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.

    *First 20 people to register online for the stewardship project AND show up will receive a special thank you gift from our friends at Klean Kanteen.


2018 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 13th from 9:00am to 4:00pm, weather permitting. Please show up 30 minutes early at registration. Clinics will begin promptly at 9:00am.

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.


  • HUGE DAYS WITH A LIGHT RACK with Max Tepfer, presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
    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.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate / Advanced

About Max: Max first started venturing into the hills around Oregon in high school and was completely addicted by college.  He soon began leading climbing and mountaineering courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School around the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions.  After college he also started teaching climbing as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon. The mountains and rocks of Oregon and Washington have taught him to love and cherish life in the hills and he’s taken those lessons all over North America, Europe, Chile, and Argentina.  Highlights include a free ascent of Zion’s Moonlight Buttress, climbing El Capitan’s Nose in a day, the Beckey-Chouinard in 5.5 hours, and establishing 5.13 at the Northwest’s premier crack climbing venue, Trout Creek. He loves nothing more than sharing that passion with other people who are excited about climbing and mountaineering.

  • ART OF THE PROJECT with Delaney Miller, presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
    The Art of the Project is a clinic for all levels of rock climbers designed to help them pursue harder routes. To develop the curriculum, we worked with CAMP athlete Dan Mirsky 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 physical and mental parts of the process from the perspective of athletes who have had to use these very tools to push their climbing to new levels.

SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels

  • MULTI-PITCH PROBLEM SOLVING with Brittany Griffith, presented by Black Diamond (SOLD OUT!)
    Black Diamond athlete Brittany Griffith has climbed on 6 continents in all kinds of terrain and knows exactly how important it is to travel efficiently and safely in a multipitch environment. Join Brittany as she shares skills and concepts for safely navigating challenging situations in multi-pitch and alpine rock terrain. An emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving helps develop the tools to make the most of what materials are on hand. Become more competent in the mountains 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.

    • Review basic knots and hitches

    • Introduction to traditional anchors for leaders

    • Practical application of anchor and rope management

    • Discussion of falling, fall factors and how they apply to the leader

    • Discussion of multi-pitch strategies

    • Review route finding and practice reading route topos

    • Discussion of time management strategies

    • Introduction to self rescue techniques

    • Improvising anchors for escaping a climb

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

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Please bring a rack of hardware/protection if you have one, as instructors will have a limited amount of gear to share.

    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 DLCG alum Ben Smith as he shares his experience in this hand-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: Please bring a rack of hardware/protection if you have one, as instructors will have a limited amount of gear to share.

  • WOMEN'S INTRO TO TRAD LEADING with Leslie Timms, presented by Arc'teryx
    Join fellow ladies for an introduction to traditional climbing tailored to an all female audience. Arc'teryx athlete and owner the Ontario based On The Rocks Guide Service, Leslie Timms brings her depth of experience as an athlete and guide 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 and technique and all the other details that make the difference on the sharp end.

PREREQUISITES: Must identify as female. Top rope belay experience required, lead belay experience preferable.

ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Please bring a rack of hardware/protection if you have one, as instructors will have a limited amount of gear to share.

  • INTRO TO TRAD LEADING with Wade Spiner, presented by Adidas Outdoor (SOLD OUT!)
    Interested in taking on the sharp end at Devil's Lake? A WIDE world of climbing awaits those who learn how to trad climb, and this is a great place to start the journey. Wade Spiner is an accomplished climber and currently guides for Jackson Hole Climbing Guides in the Tetons. In this clinic Wade will introduce students to the gear, strategy, and process of trad climbing. Students will have the opportunity to lead on mock-belay and receive instructor feedback on placements and technique.

PREREQUISITES: Top rope belay experience required, lead belay experience preferable.

ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Please bring a rack of hardware/protection if you have one, as instructors will have a limited amount of gear to share.

    Anchor setting is a fundamental skill for all Devils Lake climbers who want to take the next step in their outdoor climbing careers. USA Ice Climbing athlete Kendra Stritch and DLCG guide Michal Watson invite fellow women interested in becoming more self-sufficient at Devils Lake and beyond to join them for a day of learning how to safely and efficiently build and evaluate top-rope anchors. This clinic is appropriate for complete beginners through intermediate anchor builders looking to refine their skills, build confidence and expand their depth of knowledge as instructors will tailor curriculum to the group.

PREREQUISITES: Must identify as female.

ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Please bring a rack of hardware/protection if you have one, as instructors will have a limited amount of gear to share.

    Learning to set a variety of anchors is a fundamental skill for all climbers and opens the door for greater self-sufficiency when climbing outside. Whether you’ve never slung a tree and those shiny metal bits intimidate you or you have the basics down but want to gain confidence and hone in efficiency, technique, and skill, join DLCG instructors for an anchors course tailored to beginner and intermediate anchor setters alike. We’ll dive in to anchor setting and help you bring your anchors up to modern standards. Based on the skill levels of students, instructors will tailor curriculum to the group with small break-out lessons based on group needs/interests. All students will have ample opportunity to set a number of anchors and receive peer and instructor feedback.

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner through Intermediate

ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Please bring a rack of hardware/protection if you have one, as instructors will have a limited amount of gear to share.

    Learn how to better capture the climbing exploits of your friends and community in this full-day clinic with professional photographer and climbing instructor, Nick Wilkes. In the technical portion of this clinic, we’ll learn how to fix static lines, ascend and descend ropes, and transition between the two. In the aesthetic portion of the clinic, we’ll address foundational photography theory, with an emphasis on real-life practice with live climbing subjects. Students will have the opportunity to submit ten representational images in advance of the Craggin’ Classic weekend for instructor review and critique. TBD: We may have opportunity to review image together Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

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.

ADDITIONAL 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.

    Feeling flat-footed at the gym or crag? Stuck at a plateau you’d like to leave behind? Join DLCG guide Kat Floyd for a technique-focused climbing day where you’ll ratchet up your movement skills. Kat combines power, flow, and technique in her climbing style and will focus on footwork, positioning your center of gravity, body tension, and the difference between static and dynamic movement to help you get to the next level on the quartzite of Devils Lake.

SKILL LEVELS: All skill levels

  • TRAINING FOR CLIMBING with Keith Kubiesa, presented by Summit Strength and Fitness (SOLD OUT!)
    Physically preparing to climb at your limit can be done in a number of different ways. There are many different types of climbing (bouldering, sport, alpine, etc) and there are many different ways to train your bodies energy systems to prepare for these types of pursuits. However there are a few factors that should be considered when developing your training plan regardless of what type of climbing objective you have.

    What is training? How many phases should my plan consist of?  Are there supplemental strength based movements I need to include or exclude from my plan?  How do I minimize my risk of injury? We will answer all of these questions demonstrate and go through specific strength movements and then we will get on the rock and work on the often underestimated and forgotten part of training for climbing, "practicing" the skill of climbing.  Strength only takes you so far and it is our goal to perfect your movement on the wall to better utilize your strengths in order to reach your climbing goals.

SKILL LEVELS: All skill levels

About Keith: This clinic will be taught by Keith "Coach Kubi" Kubiesa and his staff of assistant coaches.  He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) as well as a USA Climbing Certified coach.  In late 2016 he founded Summit Strength & Fitness in Madison Wisconsin to work in a more personalized setting with climbers and athletes.  Summit is an athletic training facility and climbing gym where coach Kubi works with those that want to get Better. He is the Head Coach for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Climbing team and Strength coach for team PBC racing (triathlon team). Other organizations he works with include; The MWC (Madison Womens Climbers), Edgewood Golf, UW Hoofers, Apex Adventure Alliance, and the Tyrol Basin Snowboard Team.   More info can be found at or

  • BETTER BOULDERING with Jamie Finlayson, presented by Petzl (SOLD OUT!)
    Petzl Team member Jamie Finlayson is no stranger to sending difficult boulders and sport routes. Jamie's proven himself at overcoming a lot of obstacles to pursue his climbing goals. He's a business owner, family man, and suffers from an autoimmune disorder that causes his body to attack spinal joints. Despite all this he's got an impressive tick list that includes bouldering up to V13 and sport climbing up to 14c.

    Jamie's clinic will focus on goal setting and strategy for achieving those goals. Creating a plan of attack is imperative to climbing success when you've got limited time to train and send. If you're serious about stepping up your bouldering game and need a starting point, then Jamie will help you get there in this Better Bouldering Clinic from Petzl.

SKILL LEVELS: All skill levels

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: A chalk bag and/or a crash pad are not required, but please bring them if you own them!

  • KNOW 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).


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 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.

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]


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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] 

Banner photo: AAC member Jay Knower