InstaGuidebook Chapter 4: Necedah, aka Petenwell Bluff, WI. If you're looking for the sandstone sport climbing area closest to Chicago, then look north to Necedah, a three and a half hour trip from the city. You will find colorful sandstone towers overlooking the Wisconsin River with some spectacular views of the Wisconsin countryside (swipe left above to get a taste) and sport and trad lines that cover an interesting variety of styles. There aren't many routes at Necedah, but there's enough to keep you busy for at least a day or two, making it a great weekend getaway. If you're going for fun, you've got to get on Air (5.6, pictured here), a 90 ft route that gets you to the top of the spire. Bring a stick clip or a couple of pieces to place though - that first bolt is a bit high for comfort, especially if you're just getting started outdoors. Devil's Lake is about an hour's drive south, so you can make a round trip of it and see some of the best climbing Wisconsin has to offer. There are camping and Airbnb opportunities nearby, but don't camp at the crag, and be careful about the impact you have while you're there. This area is a hidden gem that needs to be taken care of. More info on the @mountainproject
app! Also, join us for the Outdoor Climbing Expo at First Ascent Avondale from 7-9 pm to learn about all of Chicago's "local" crags from FA members and experts in the community.
#wisconsin #climbing #sportclimbing #tradclimbing #beautifulviews #fallfoliage #letsclimbchicago