Tawacunchukdah is a lake in Wisconsin also called 'Devil's lake'. The closest translation from native American is 'spirit's lake'. It is an amazing forest park with very popular camp sites. The weather had been predicted as overcast and potentially rainy, so it was a great surprise to have a fantastic sunny day for rock climbing at the lake.
The crags around the lake are of purple quartzite, a kind of rock found in only three locations in the world. It is ancient rock - formed from sand melted into quartzite one and a half billion years ago. The purple colour of the rock is due to the presence of iron and iron eating bacteria at some point during the formation of the rock. The quartzite is ultra hard rock which has some fantastic cracks - perfect for climbing on.
Yesterday was a great day spent climbing on this quartzite in the sun - with a great group of fellow climbers. Close to our climbing spot we made use of a jumping rock for diving into the lake nearby, which was great fun after a day's climbing.