Ben “Fuzzy” Fellenz is the man behind all of our posters, guides, scorecards and t-shirts. He’s a talented climber and cyclist having logged a number of terribly painful sounding days linking up quartzite ridges at Devil’s Lake.
1 – How do you make your living? Screen Printer of T-Shirts and posters.
2 – How long have you been climbing? About 12 years, I would note that I started out as a gym rat at the age of 23.
3 – What’s your favorite route and why? Brinton’s Crack is one of the best pitches around, a good amount of varied climbing and enough air underneath your feet that it feels taller than it is.
4 – What’s your favorite boulder problem and why? Just one favorite? I will go with another mega classic, Big Bud arête. It is tall and it is committing, but easy enough that its still fun, and like most great things it does not come easily. I proudly sent this on my third visit, and climbing it felt less like a physical feat and more like a mental challenge.
5 – What made you want to be a board member of the WCA? I had done some work with mountain bike groups and liked what they were doing from proactive standpoint. Access in Wisconsin is good at the moment, but minds may change and I see the WCA as an opportunity to meet any challenges that lie ahead for climbers in the area. Also we have some pretty awesome events and being part of that is a pretty cool experience.
6 – What excites you the most about the future of climbing in Wisconsin? The future is bright for climbing in Wisconsin, we have access to a great climbing resource in Devils Lake State Park , and that is in the midst of its second wind of development, which is seemingly endless boulder problems. I will pitch our events one more time here as well, they seem to keep getting better and this year is no exception, with the addition of a Trad climbing comp at Devils Lake this fall.
7 – What’s your favorite memory of climbing in the midwest? Several years ago another board member and myself set out to climb as many “tower routes” on the west bluff at Devils Lake as we could in 24 hours. We spent the spring seeking out all of these obscure pitches climbing some and just identifying others. We made a list of 24 towers, which seemed like the perfect number, 24 towers in 24 hours. Then one Friday in May we went for it, starting before dawn and finishing after dark. One of the longest and certainly most memorable days of climbing I’ve had anywhere.