October 4 - 6, 2019
Camping Available

Born of a serendipitous lunch meeting of women’s climbing groups at an Access Fund advocacy summit in 2019, Beta Bust is an informal WTFNB (women, trans, femme, non-binary) gathering for Midwestern climbers to bond across states and crags, network, and build partnerships while crushing it during a weekend of climbing! This year, we are holding Beta Bust at Devil’s Lake, an iconic Midwestern climbing area in Wisconsin. The official kickoff will be at Wheeler’s Campground on the evening of Friday, October 4. S’mores fixings and a campfire will be provided by AdventurHER Travel. 8 AM Sunday morning yoga will be led by Erin Ayla.

Camping is available Friday and Saturday night at Wheeler’s Campground for $35.87 with taxes and a cash discount. Registration is required, but payment is due upon check-in at Wheelers.
Climbing is available at Devil's Lake (trad, top rope, bouldering), Hillbilly Hollow (trad, sport, scramble for top rope on a few) 45 minutes North, or Necedah (trad and sport, r-rated scramble to top rope on a few), 45-60 Northwest.

As an informal climbing gathering, climbers are expected to bring their own gear and be responsible for their own safety. The organizers of Beta Bust are happy to answer questions about the event, the climbing, and the camping. However, Apex Adventures, a local guiding company, is offering the following services at a special Beta Bust discount on Saturday, October 5 (advance registration required; follow links):

Basic Rescue Course - $120 per climber

In this clinic, we will learn to escape a belay, ascend a rope, and top belay haul. These key features of the clinic will help address scenarios that you may be put in at one time or another. Whether an emergency or another skill to add to your tool belt, learn something new with us! Minimum of 4 Climbers - Maximum 12 climbers Guide ratio is 1-4

Complementary Rappel - Free mini clinic, registration required

Learn some tricks to help you be more comfortable and manage your risk when lowering yourself over the edge.

Open Climb Saturday and Sunday $70 per climber

No partner? No gear? No experience? No problem! Apex offers open group rock climbing a flexible, specially-priced adventure just for you!

We are very excited about this event and can't wait to see everyone together! Climb on!

Register below. Don’t see the form? Click here.


Friday, October 4

The official Kickoff will be held at Wheeler’s Campground at 6 PM and go until quiet hours begin at 11 PM. Come meet other climbers and plan your weekend!

Feel free to meet and climb together before the kickoff!

Saturday, October 5

Let’s crush it! Unofficial schedule to come. Free rappelling clinic at 4 pm. Gather at Wheeler’s at 6 for a post-climb hang until quiet hours at 11 PM.

Sunday, October 6

8 AM yoga with Erin Ayla, followed by another fun day of climbing! Unofficial schedule to come.


Registration is required for attending this event.

The only associated costs are camping (optional, 35.87 paid directly to Wheeler’s), entrance into Devil’s Lake State Park, and clinics or participation in open climbs with Apex Adventure Alliance (fees vary, paid directly to Apex).

Beta Bust is designed to be an accessible, inclusive, and safe environment for all. Harassment of any kind (unwanted contact, verbal or physical abuse, racism, homophobia, transphobia, body-shaming, etc.) will NOT be tolerated and violators will be asked to leave.

Climbing is inherently dangerous! Individuals assume all risk in participating in this informal gathering.