Epic Climbing Adventure of 2009

Also known as This Year’s NCS Adventure

I found out last Thursday where I’ll be going for NCS this summer: Camp Tomahawk, Wisconsin.


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As you can see from that map, it’s nearly an eleven hour drive, and it’s likely to be exhausting. I am planning on making the drive, but I’ve decided that I’m going to take a couple stops in WI along the way. Granted, as of right now, I’m going alone, but if someone else is interested in following, I’d be happy to have the company.

Here’s the planned route, as of right now:
Leg 1:

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Yes, that’s right, I’m going to be making some stops in WI to do some bouldering. The first leg of my epic climbing adventure will be from Bloomington to Governor Dodge State Park, WI. There’s some decent bouldering there. I’ll be leaving Bloomington early in the morning on May 23, arriving sometime around dinner time that day. Set up camp, sleep, and on the 24th, get started on some bouldering. I’ll probably spend just a couple days in “The Dodge” (until the 26th) before making the second leg of my journey.

Leg 2:

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From Governor Dodge State Park, I’ll head north about two hours to hit up some bouldering in the Central Sandstone area of Wisconsin. The only rocks I want to hit are the ones located in Rattlesnake Mound.

It would be nice to bring along a partner of some sort because at Governor Dodge State Park, there are some sport and TR routes that I’d like to try out, but if I don’t have a partner, whatever.

All in all, I’m super excited about the trip. So excited that tomorrow I’m starting a five-day-a-week bouldering/climbing conditioning program to get my skill level up to the max-rated routes in the area. One question remains…

Who’s coming with me?

If you want to join me, you’ll have to drive yourself up to WI, unless you want to camp in The Dodge until I’m done teaching NCS on Friday morning, June 5th. If you do stay all week, we can hit up some more climbing on June 5th – 7th in some more Wisconsin area sites.

Let me know if you’re interested!


On a sadder note, on November 3, two climbers were killed in a gear-related accident. It happened in the Red River Gorge, KY at a region called Emerald City. I first heard about the accident on Thursday when Shotwell posted the article on Twitter. It didn’t really sink in that there had been a tragic accident until this morning when I found the linked article on the RRGCC’s website. When faces are put to a tragedy, it suddenly hits home.

It’s accidents like this that make me happy that I’m doing my part to teach climbing to today’s youth. If enough future climbers get the right instruction, accidents like this can be prevented. However, it also reminds all climbers that we participate in, and have an intense passion for a dangerous sport. If you slip up, or don’t pay attention to what you’re doing even once, it could potentially be fatal.

That’s all I’ve got.

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.
An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
— G.K. Chesterson.

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  1. The problem with that is this…

    The NCS session for our section is not the one where I teach. It’s actually located in Ohio (a much shorter drive) and it will be the week that it would normally be held at Ransburg (I believe the week before this session).

    So if you go to NCS, you will most likely be attending that session, not this one.

    BUT, if camp would help offset the cost of me heading up there to teach (i.e. gas), I don’t mind filling my truck with people, throwing gear in the bed, bringing some crash pads and making a trip out of it.

  2. And…you should find out if I can come “assist” for your teaching sessions. That would totally justify my time.

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