The Chicago Mountaineering Club organizes periodic outings as part of
the Clubís activities. A number
of the outings, from April through October, are open to non-member
participation. Non-members of all
climbing abilities (beginners to expert) are welcome. The majority of
outings are held at Devilís Lake State Park in Wisconsin. The dates
locations of the Club
sponsored outings are listed in the Calendar of Events section of the
If you are interested in attending an outing (see campground rules) or you would like
additional information, please
contact the Outing Chairman. Outings held
November through March are sometimes limited to skiers and
experienced climbers, mostly due to weather
and climbing conditions.
All participants in a Club outing are required to sign a
and must be
prepared to accept personal responsibility for their own actions and
Scheduled local outings are considered official Club Outings
when at least three rope leaders
are present. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend the
open outings. There are also
outings held with participation limited to members only. The Chicago
Mountaineering Club does not
conduct a "climbing school." The Chicago Mountaineering Club has
designated a limited number of
members as "Rope Leaders." The Safety Committee designates rope
leaders as those climbers whose
experience, ability, judgment and willingness qualifies them to lead
climbing parties wisely and
safely on local outings.
As a further consideration only those leaders are included on
the active list that have
served in this capacity for at least three outings during the past
year. Qualified rope leaders not
on the list because of this restriction will be assigned climbing
parties whenever they are able to
participate. These individuals are volunteer amateur climbers who
have been approved by the Safety
Committee to take out small groups to various climbing areas in the
park. The Rope Leaders are aware
of the accepted local safety practices. The Rope Leaders are not
compensated for their time and
effort. Small climbing parties enhance the prospects for enjoyment,
training, and safety. Additional
leaders are always in demand.
The Club encourages the
use of climbing helmets, but does not supply any. If any question
regarding safety arises during an
outing, please feel free to talk with your rope leader or any other
rope leader or safety committee
The CMC has an arrangement with the Mountaineering Foundation of
Chicago (MFC) under which the CMC manages a five acre campground at
Devil's Lake State Park. The fees and regulations for use of this
- On CMC outing weekends, only members, nonmembers over age 18
participating in CMC climbing activities, and guests accompanied by
members may use the MFC campground. Minor children must be supervised
- At times other than CMC outing weekends, only CMC members may
use the campground. Nonmembers may use the campground only when
accompanied by a CMC member. A CMC member must collect camping fees
from nonmembers and members who did not pay an annual campground fee
and then remit them to the outing Chair or other Board members.
- Fees: members - $25 annual fee or $10 per person/per weekend, or
any part thereof. Nonmembers - $10 per person per weekend. Spouses of
members - same as members. Member's children under 18 years -
Note: Members have a responsibility to pay camping fees for
themselves and their guests to the Outing Chair or any Board member
in the campground at the earliest opportunity.
- The CMC prohibits pets, the possession of firearms, and
fireworks in the campground.
- The possession, delivery or sale of controlled substances, as
defined and prohibited by the State of Wisconsin, is likewise
prohibited on all camping grounds and facilities controlled by the
- All tent sites are first come, first choice. Tents must be moved
every 3 days.
- No camping at the group campfire area.
- Park within 10 feet of the road, not at your tent site.
- Dispose of all refuse in suitable containers outside the
- The CMC prohibits cutting and/or removing wood from the park
campground and/or property.
- No house or camping trailers.
- Fires: (a) Use established fire pits - do not make new ones, (b)
Cooking fires only - conserve fuel, (c) Social campfires at the group
campfire site only, (d) Extinguish your cooking fires before leaving
- Member's children over age 18 are subject to the same rules as
- Members must present a current membership card upon request, if
they wish to use the campground.
- There is no extending camping allowed without prior written
permission from the CMC Board of Directors.
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