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cweightClimbed 4 Kidney Cancer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2014


Our team climbed Devils Tower as part of the Climb 4 Kidney Cancer team. See Climb4kc.org. Our team was composed entirely of inexperienced rock climbers. Some of us are patients with kidney cancer, some are physicians who care for patients with kidney cancer and some researchers looking for cures for kidney cancer. Franks Sanders and Leigh Laslee were our guides. Two of our group of 5 made it to the top up the Durrance with the Bailey Direct finish. We had an awesome time. Most of the preparation was in the gym. Check our our Facebook or twitter pages @climb4kc or website at climb4kc.org and join us. We're looking for other climbers to take pictures with the logo and post on our site and others. Kidney cancer is more deadly than breast and prostate cancer, but gets very little research funding.
Posted Oct 7, 2014 4:51 pm

alpineairClassic.  Sucess!
Saw a local climb this in cowboy boots when I was there for the first time.
Posted Oct 29, 2013 9:32 am

shanahan96classic durrance  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2012


my first of NA 50 classics, come prepared for consistent off-widths!

Posted Mar 20, 2013 11:20 pm

PanamaRedEpic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011


This was the second major lead climb i had ever done up to this point (the first being the Upper Exum ridge) . I lead all the pitches and had a blast. The heat was brutal though, as well as the flying ants on the top, but i had a great time. I met Frank Sanders near the top and talked with him for a moment. He shared some water with me. Thanks Frank!
Posted Sep 29, 2012 9:36 pm

strudolyubovDurrance  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2012


Led all pitches. Lots of off-width. Nice climb.
Posted Aug 12, 2012 2:01 pm

mtneeringClimbed  Sucess!


lead a few pitches too
Posted Aug 7, 2012 3:38 pm

evanjfirst time  Sucess!


Amazing route, did the jump traverse!
Posted Dec 1, 2010 11:55 pm

JoeyBagoDonutsGreat Climb, Beautiful Day
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2010


Almost a perfect day.
Posted Oct 19, 2010 7:40 pm

noahs213Great  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2010


Great climb. 90% offwidth
Posted Aug 17, 2010 1:15 pm

breagenDurrance!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2008


Hot but fun day on the tower!
Posted Jul 13, 2010 6:43 pm

rockrat2hot, but great climb  Sucess!


Cool climb, a little polished and very hot but would love to do it again.
Posted Jun 20, 2010 8:56 pm

McCannsterDurrance  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2010


Up at the Tower for the weekend. Figured as a 50 Classic Climb, I couldn't go wrong. Fun climb, I found that Durrance crack was way harder than I had expected.
Posted May 1, 2010 12:27 am

Dow WilliamsDurrance Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2010

Dow Williams

The main reason for our visit to Devils Tower was to visit with Frank Sanders. One of the most generous souls I have ever met in the climbing industry and a must person to meet if you get the chance. We had it to ourselves on a great day in April, summit as well. Maybe two other parties on the entire tower! April, mid week, the way to go. 70m was perfect to rap the route, although if other parties, take doubles to use the conventional rap line. I did the direct finish and thought it was the most difficult pitch of the route, and Frank has it at 5.9 I see. I was confused as I guess there is a 5th class pitch to the left. Fun pitch that ended right below the final rap anchor. With Stacy.
Posted Apr 26, 2010 11:16 am

JonWSucks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2009


This route really isn't climbing and mostly involve chimneys. The pitches are really really short and the rock is greasy. I won't be doing this route again. It sucks.
Posted Aug 4, 2009 3:33 pm

dfrancomFun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2009


Great Route. The crux for me was on the cussin crack pitch. I struggled to get over the first Chockstone. Fun route and very physical.
Posted Jun 1, 2009 1:09 pm

peerzatclose encounters of the third rock kind.  Sucess!


did the slab approach, apparently the classic approach, not the easier, 'stay low and to the right' slab approach. should've done the 1st pitch, 5.5. may have been quicker, would've planned on one more pitch as far as time goes, and would've been more fun. but, the slab approach deemed interesting and fun, too! should've trailed the rope and hauled the bag for the 1st two pitches, too! learned the hard way on that! got to the meadows via jump (don't jump) traverse. sun went down. climbed back up the jump traverse to rappel the route in the dark. DIDN'T RAP OFF THE NOSE! stupid, stupid. had to climb the rope in the dark to relieve the rope of it's 'not pulling through cause it was stuck in the crack' duties. ahh, the aliens were watching. returned to solid ground safely at about 9:00 pm. yeah. in november. dark. very classic stuff. loved every minute of it...for some reason I don't remember much of the rappelling in the dark...(human nature to suppress the negative experiences in life, right?)
Posted Nov 15, 2008 4:17 am

pyergermotorcycle mania
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2005


Lots of people on this one. Fifty crowded classics. Harley Heaven.
Posted Aug 13, 2008 11:00 pm

RModellifun in the wind at the tower  Sucess!


HAd a great climb with my friend Isaac....a bit of an epic end to it, but fun nonetheless
Posted Jun 19, 2008 11:34 pm

StickitFirst Offwidth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2003


My first experience with crack climbing. Steep learning curve (my turn to lead was the Durrance pitch). Great views and an awesome day.
Posted May 9, 2008 11:59 am

usmcmarsDid it in the Dark...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2007
This is the 2nd time I climbed this with Frank. The first time (about a week ago), we got to the top at sunset. I took some amazing photos. Last night, we did it in 3 long pitches with 70 meter ropes. The sun was going down by the 2nd pitch. The 3rd pitch was done with headlamps.

I found that this climb was not as easy as I expected it to be, although it was an "easier" climb the second time around.

Ohhhhh, when I was climbing up the leaning column, the wind was just howling!

PS........Frank is cool:)
Posted Sep 20, 2007 10:57 pm

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