We are a local, family-run business with experience in adventure education and a passion for the outdoors. All of our programs take place in the “Driftless Area” of southwestern Wisconsin, a region known for its rugged topography, clear streams and deep hardwood forests.
We offer full-day and multi-day programs by private contract. Our dynamic
programs range from Introductory Climbing to Advanced Rock Craft, as well as specialized outings in Spelunking (cave exploration), Corporate Teambuilding and Back Country Trekking. We design custom programs for corporations, schools, summer camps, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. We are driven by our love of outdoor education, not by the bottom line, and our pricing reflects this ethic. Contact us to book a program that meets your needs. The person you speak to on the phone is the person who will be your adventure guide. Register now
Boy Scout Troop 1043’ s climbing experience at Devil’ s Lake was a very memorable outing thanks to you and your entire staff at Essential Skills Outdoor School. All of you were awesome with the scouts–patient, encouraging and a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing your expertise with us and allowing some kids to get over their fear of heights and to push themselves in ways they may never have had without you. That is what we try to do in our Boy Scout Troop everyday and you helped us do that on Saturday in a very FUN way. Thanks again and safe climbing!
Chris Denes, Scoutmaster
BSA Troop 1043