Rock Climbing

Throughout the warmer months of the year, the Outing Club holds trips to local climbing destinations, primarily Devil’s Lake in Baraboo. The club owns all the equipment needed to climb, including anchor gear, ropes, shoes, and harnesses. Experienced climbing leaders will teach new climbers a variety of topics, including:

  • Anchor setting
  • Rappelling
  • Belaying
  • Knot tying
  • Climbing technique
  • Impenetrable jargon

If you want to learn how to lead climbing trips, check out the climbing leader guide.

Come climb with us!

We also get together to climb at both Boulders Climbing Gym and at the climbing wall at The Sett. Check out the rates at Boulders, which includes a monthly membership special for Hoofers! The Sett also offers $14 semester-long memberships for active Hoofers. Contact our climbing chair to learn how to get a proof-of-membership pass.

If you’re sitting in front of a computer with no climbable rock in sight, check out these informative links instead:

  • Mountain Project page for Devil’s Lake: fantastic information on Devil’s Lake climbs. Includes detailed pictures and commentary from other climbers. Check out the handy mobile app, too!
  • Hoofer Mountaineering Club, a sister club which focuses entirely on climbing everything from 6-foot boulders to 1000-foot cliffs. Significantly less structured than the Outing Club, which can be good or bad depending on your preferences w/r/t rules and safety guidelines.
  • SkiSickness: provides inspiration (trip reports & picures) for moving to a state containing one or more Rocky Mountain(s), plus a handy derivation of the conversion of the Laplacian operator from Cartesian to cylindrical coordinates if you’re jonesing for that sort of thing.
  • An ode to the pink tricam, most beloved of all anchor gear.
  • Glossary of climbing terms, courtesy of Wikipedia. Don’t worry about memorizing any of these before your first trip!

If books are more your speed, check out (in order of usefulness as you progress):

  • Climber’s Guide to Devil’s Lake by Sven Olof Swartling
  • An anchor-building book, e.g.
    • Anchors by John Long
    • Rock Climbing Anchors by Craig Luebben
  • Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
  • The Self-Coached Climber by Dan Hague
  • Conditioning for Climbers by Eric Horst
  • Training for the New Alpinism by Steve House & Scott Johnson