Rock Climbing at Devil's Lake State ParkAug 06, 2014 07:18PM ● By Julie Henning
After setting the ropes, Steve went through another safety check and explained the basics of rock climbing (use your entire body, plan your route, don't forget to breathe) and we were off on what would be considered a 5.2 grade climb (this is somewhat confusing, but this Wikipedia article might give you a better insight into the different levels of technical difficulty and types of climbing).
In watching Steve care for his equipment, I have complete confidence he is "by the book" when it comes to safety. Did you know a common practice in the professional climbing business it to keep a log book for each of your ropes? Not to mention, Steve has two different national climbing certifications and is both a Wilderness First Responder and member of the National Ski Patrol (not to mention has a 100% safety record at Midwest Mountain Guides).
After mastering the first run, Steve moved the rope to a more difficult course. While my husband "mountain goated" his way up both times, I found myself challenged, but not frustrated. With ten years experience in helping people develop their mountain climbing skills, Steve's ultimate goal is to help each person feel confident and safe while they are having fun.
As we climbed, several groups of hikers stopped to watch and comment on how it looked like we were having a good time (and we really were). A memorable outing for couples, families, or groups of friends, the certified guides at Midwest Mountain Guides can accommodate up to six people/instructor (and trust me, your arms and fingers will thank you for spacing out the time between each climb). If you have 6 people in your party and you opt for the 6 hour climb, the cost will be about $13/hour (and much more memorable than going to the movies, even with popcorn). With fall rounding the bend, Devil's Lake State Park (really, any designated climbing spot in Wisconsin and Minnesota) is the perfect place to experience the fireworks of fall. Make your own reservation here: https://midwestmountainguides.com/Rock_climbing_registration.html