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Climber’s Guide to Devil’s Lake
Third Edition
Sven Olof Swartling and Pete Mayer

“Climbers will appreciate the extra route photography and GPS navigational information.”
—Peter Schmitz, owner, Wildside Adventure Sports, Baraboo, Wisconsin

Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin is the most popular rock-climbing area in the Midwest. It features spectacular cliffs and other rock formations where the Ice Age glacier’s terminal moraine meets an ancient landscape of rock.

This third edition of the popular Climber’s Guide to Devil’s Lake has been thoroughly updated for twenty-first-century climbers and hikers and includes information for use with GPS receivers. It provides information for climbers of all abilities and preferences, offering precise directions to help them navigate and climb within the park.

Features include:

  • an updated introduction by George J. Pokorny and new photographs by Eric Andre
  • a summary of the geologic and natural history of the Baraboo hills by Patricia K. Armstrong
  • locations and updated descriptions of nearly 1,800 climbs
  • landmark photographs from most major climbing areas
  • GPS waypoints, map coordinates, altimeter readings, and approach information
  • detailed diagrams locating climbing routes at most major climbing areas
  • 6 new diagrams, 5 new climbing areas, and 120 new routes

More than 19,000 copies sold of earlier editions

“Anything and everything you might want to know about conquering the bluffs at Devil’s Lake.”
The Capital Times

Sven Olof Swartling
and Pete Mayer are avid climbers and members of the Chicago Mountaineering Club. Swartling lives in Middleton, Wisconsin, and has climbed at Devil’s Lake for more than fifty years. Mayer is an engineer who lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and brings his technological expertise to this edition

Devil's Lake is the premiere climbing spot in the Midwest. A helpful website to find out more about Devil's Lake is available at Mountain Project's page for Devil’s Lake.

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Of Related Interest

Along Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail
Photographs by Bart Smith
Edited by Eric Sherman and Andrew Hanson III
Foreword by Congressman David R. Obey

“The Ice Age Trail is a nationally significant resource, and this appealing book paints a picture of the trail that is both engaging for a general audience and scientifically rich.”
—David Lillard, past president of the American Hiking Society

the cover of Swartling's book is illustrated with a photo of a climber in Devil's Lake.

November 2008

LC: 2008013450 GV
424 pp.  4 1/2 x 8
109 b/w photos, 74 diagrams,
1 map

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Paper $19.95 t
ISBN 978-0-299-22854-5
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