***Rain Delay***
Sorry for the last minute email.  We have been watching the weather the last few days and have determined that the best course of action for us is to run the Bouldering comp on Sunday instead of Saturday.
the start time will remain the same (9:30 am) but we will finish one hour earlier at 3 pm. As all participants will need to be out of the campground by 3pm we will determine the “finish” area and inform the climbers at the pre-comp meeting where to turn in scorecards. the likely location for this will be the north shore parking lot, by the yellow bathrooms and the north shore warm ups.
In the event that the weather does not cooperate on Sunday, we will push back the start time 1 hour and if that does not work out we will be canceling the comp. In the event we have to cancel the comp all entrants will be able to defer your registration to the Spring Bouldering comp we are planning at Devil’s Lake in 2018.

Screenshot 2017-08-14 at 6.18.11 PMJoin the American Alpine Club and CAMP USA in Baraboo, WI this October 13th to 15th for the third annual Midwest climbing extravaganza, the Devil’s Lake Craggin’ Classic!

This 3-day, grassroots climbing festival is a true celebration of all things climbing, featuring speakers, clinics, comps, local and national gear reps, slideshows, and stewardship projects that define our sport and our community.

The 2017 Craggin’ Classic features a full line-up of climbing clinics taught by pro athletes and Devil’s Lake Climbing Guides; a Bouldering Competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Climbers Association and dozens of industry brands; a Trad Climbing Competition, sponsored by Wisconsin Climbers Association and Black Diamond; a Climber Party featuring food by Madison’s Underground Food Collective and beer from Sixpoint Brewery. Additionally, you’ll enjoy silent auctions with incredible deals on top-end gear and, on Sunday, a free volunteer breakfast followed by a variety of local crag stewardship projects. We’ll be working with the Ice Age Trail Alliance to shore up and re-route the Balanced Rock Trail, along with a number of other projects to improve and enhance our beloved Devil’s Lake State Park.



Includes: Event entrance Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including access to all entertainment (some limited seating may apply); AAC trucker hat and event cup; four beer tickets for those 21+; camping Friday and Saturday night at Devil’s Lake State Park; and a local breakfast and coffee on Saturday and Sunday morning. Event ticket price does not include clinics, comps, admission into Devil’s Lake State Park, or additional food. See below for more details.

Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by professional climbing athletes and local instructors from Devil’s Lake Climbing Guides. All clinics run Saturday, October 13th from 9:00am to 4:00pm. See below for clinic descriptions and details.

Throw your hat in the ring and compete against your peers for glory! Choose either the Bouldering or Trad comp, then strategize your plan to maximize efficiency while racking up points in your respective discipline. A bevy of great prizes await the winners!

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

Trad Comp Info

2017 Altay classic
Saturday October 14th

time: pre comp meeting at 7:15 am WCA tent
climbing 7:30 am until 4:30 pm. start and finish is the WCA tent in the vendor village. score cards turned in after 4:30 will not be counted

where: east bluff from railroad amphitheater to east ramparts (balanced rock wall proper is out due to the trail work project happening there, any other closures will be made known during the pre comp meeting)

what routes: routes and grades will be based on Olle Swartling’s guidebook 3rd edition

scoring: you will be provided with a score sheet at the pre-comp meeting. all the routes listed in the guidebook are considered in, with the exception of the closures noted at the pre-comp meeting.

less than 5.2 not scored
5.2-5.3 5 points
5.4-5.5 10 points
5.6-5.7 20 points
5.8 30 points
5.9 40 points
5.10 50 points
5.11 and up 60 points

points are for leader and second’s clean ascent, either one falls no points. in the event of a fall by either the leader or second you can lower to ground and start over, leaving gear in if leading, but you must pull the rope. one lead per climb per team for points.

stipulations: NO SOLOING, this is a lead comp, be safe and place gear early and often!
No stashing food and water, you must carry all your gear with you to the crag.
No cars, lets make this a carbon negligible event! run, walk or swim to the crag of your choice starting from the WCA tent in the vendor village.

Bouldering Comp Info

time: pre comp meeting at 9:15 am WCA tent
climbing 9:30 am until 4:00 pm. start and finish is the WCA tent in the vendor village. score cards turned in after 4:00 will not be counted

Format: Climb the highest pointed problems you can and score your top 5.

Categories: Men’s – Recreation V0-V2, Intermediate V3-V5, Advanced V6+

Women’s Recreation V0-V3, Advanced V4+



  • 4:00 PM: Registration Begins at Northern Lights 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/Cookout Dinner
    Bring your favorite dish to share with the rest of the tribe. And no, Doritos are not a meal! Last year’s potluck was 5-star quality, with amazing dishes of high and low-brow fare. Grills will be available to cook burgers, brats and veggie versions.
  • 6:00 PM: Friday Evening Silent Auction Begins
    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: Slideshow Presentation by Alex Johnson
    Wisconsin native Alex Johnson originally made a name for herself in the competition scene as a two-time Bouldering World Cup gold medalist. She has since focused on pushing her limits in outdoor climbing, with various First Female Ascents (FFA) of a variety of V12’s. Now residing in Las Vegas, AJ will return home to teach a bouldering clinic and share stories with us from her journey so far.


  • 7:00 AM: Volunteer 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. Coffee from our friends at Starbucks in Monona, WI.
  • 7:00 AM: Sunrise Yoga with Zen Gen Yoga
    Get your butt out of bed and join Alisyn Vermey and Ashlee Arendt for a 45-minute session to warm up and get ready for an awesome day. There will be a limited number of mats available; please bring yours if you have one!
  • 7:15 AM: Trad Comp Check-In
    Check in at the WCA Tent in the Vendor Village to receive competition rules and procedures and check out all the great prizes you’ll be competing for!
  • 7:30 AM: 2nd Annual “Erol Altay Classic” Trad Climbing Competition
    Join the Wisconsin Climbers Association and Black Diamond for the FIRST and ONLY trad climbing comp in the nation (or at least the only trad comp we’ve ever heard of)! This comp is named in honor of late local climber and Chicago native, Erol Altay, who graced the cliffs and climbing community here with a joyful, ambitious presence for decades. Pairs will compete for an awesome array of prizes from Black Diamond, climbing as many routes as possible from Balanced Rock to D’Arcy’s Buttress. Official rules and details will be available September 5th.
  • 8:30 AM: Clinic Check-In
    Meet your clinic instructors and fellow students in the Vendor Village. Get directions and the plan for the day, then rally to your clinic’s rendezvous point at Devil’s Lake.
  • 9:00 AM: Climbing Clinics Begin hosted by Devil’s Lake Climbing Guides
    Learning from those that are masters at their craft can seriously benefit your climbing. Sign up for a climbing clinic taught by the professional climbing athletes and local climbing guides and up your game. Everyone has something to learn. Climbers of all abilities are welcome, though basic climbing knowledge and proficiency is expected.Please check in, packed and ready to roll, at the Clinic Tent at Northern Lights Campground at 8:30am. Instructors will give directions to clinic locales and venture forth from there. See below for clinic descriptions and details.
  • 9:15 Boulder Competition Check in                                                                             Check in at the WCA Tent in the Vendor Village to receive competition rules and procedures and check out all the great prizes you’ll be competing for!
  • 9:30 AM: Bouldering Competition Begins 
    Join the Wisconsin Climbers Association and a who’s who of industry brands a great bouldering comp set at Devil’s Lake. Official problem list and rules for the comp will be available on September 5th.
  • 9:30 AM: Morning Yoga with Zen Gen Yoga Studio
    Those enjoying a more casual day can join Zen Gen for a 60-minute yoga session at a more reasonable hour.
  • 9:30 AM: Drop-In Top-Rope Climbing with the CMC
    Join volunteers from the Chicago Mountaineering Club for fun, friendly top-rope climbing. Meet at Northern Lights Campground at 9:30 AM. Climbing location TBD, but they will try to let their crag destination be know so others can join.
  • 5:00 PM: Climber Party with Sixpoint Brewery and Underground Food Collective
    Join the tribe and get ready to let your hair down with free beer from Sixpoint Brewery and a la carte food from Underground Food Collective (food included in ticket). The evening will feature free swag and gear handouts; free beer (21+); a massive silent auction featuring amazing deals on top end gear; vendor village and games; local food; and more!
  • 7:00 PM: Slideshow Presentation by Black Diamond athlete, Carlo Traversi
    Ten time US National Team member and former US Sport Climbing National Champion Carlo Traversi boasts an impressive climbing resume in both the competitive and outdoor climbing realms. With first ascents of both V15 and 5.14, Carlo is now bringing his expertise to the purple quartzite of Devils Lake to teach a traditional climbing clinic and share stories from life on the sharp end.
  • 9:30 PM: Bonfires & Brewskis
    After the film, gather around a fire to share stories and celebrate with friends late into the night. Hang with our vendors! Win gear at our raffles and Silent Auctions! 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!


  • 7:30 AM: Sunrise Yoga with Erin Ayla
    Erin Ayla is a talented boulderer and yogi who incorporates techniques of balance, steady breathe, and focus into both sports. Erin will offer a 60-minute session for everyone who wants to join. There will be a limited number of mats available; please bring yours if you have one!
  • 8:30am Volunteer Breakfast
    Free breakfast for stewardship project volunteers cooked up by staff at Apex Adventure Alliance. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and coffee from Starbucks of Monona, WI, then sign up for a service project to give back to the park we love so much.
  • 9:00am Stewardship Projects Throughout the Park
    With your belly full, sign up for a Stewardship Project and do your part in giving back. Specific projects remain TBD, but will involve rehabilitating, enhancing and/or preventing damage to the Park. Ice Age Trail Alliance will facilitate a few teams helping with a trail re-reroute of the Balanced Rock Trail, which will involve some rock work building stairs. Get involved and take ownership of the great climbing and heavily-visited trails and cliff sides at Devil’s Lake. Roll up your sleeves and get involved helping to keep our climbing areas strong and vibrant! Meet at the South Shore picnic area, directly after breakfast.


Onsite camping is included with your General Weekend Pass to the Devil’s Lake Craggin’ Classic. Camping is located at Northern Lights Campground, Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, WI.

Questions ?
If you have any questions regarding the Devil’s Lake Craggin’ Classic, please contact Event Coordinator Nick Wilkes at nwilkes@americanalpineclub.org