Outings

Interested in joining the CMC on an outing?

Each year the CMC publishes an outings schedule on its website, in the newsletters, and even our Facebook page. Non-members are welcome on most outings.

Devil’s Lake – These outings are open to all. Join us at our private campground just
outside Devil’s Lake State Park. Camping is open to anyone climbing with the club and costs only
$10/person for the whole weekend. Many people arrive on Friday evening, but some do come up early
Saturday morning (arriving by 8:30am).

A typical CMC outing at Devil’s Lake is a gathering of both members and non-members.
Everyone meets at 9am for the “Morning Reading,” which covers the inherent risks that comes with
climbing activities, and any other club announcements. This is followed by an introduction of the Rope
Leaders and where the day’s climbing parties will be headed. Everyone will then drive over to the
parking lot nearest to the climb and hike up to the bluffs. Multiple top-ropes are usually fixed based
on the number of people climbing. There are no bolted routes at Devil’s Lake. Rope Leaders will review
all top-rope anchors. And then the climbing begins! It is not unusual to have 6-10 ropes setup for
each party.

*** If you are applying to become a member of the CMC, try to remember the dates of the outings you
attend and the names of the Rope Leaders you climb with (only one per day or weekend is fine). We keep
track too but if you have it the application is quicker and easier to complete. ***

Other destinations – The club also schedules multiple outings to other areas for more experienced climbers. Typical locations include: Mississippi Palisades (IL), Red River Gorge
(KY), Jackson Falls (IL), Horseshoe Canyon (AR), Devils Tower (WY). Check out this year’s schedule to see what is planned.

Western outing – Every other year the club plans a mountaineering
trip to a mountain range in the west. These trips are typically a week or longer. As such, the club will
allow a non-member who participates to submit a membership application for attending this one outing.

Winter outings – During the winter season, the club is still very active. Check the schedule for indoor climbing events, outdoor winter outings, and ice
climbing trips.