The route was cool, but I felt the rating was a sandbag, as I flailed up the wide crack on the 2nd pitch. This peak is one of the very few that has no access for tourists (except for climbing tourists), a nice bonus. The NPS supplied rap anchors are a nice touch.
Climbed with Josh. Nice day though a bit hot on the rock. Ton of bugs (flies?) on the summit. Descended on 7/10.2mm double rope rappels. I continued my evaluation of the Trango Jaws which left a lot to be desired. Luckily I brought along my ATC just in case and it worked like a charm.
Climbed with John. The climb itself wasn't really was I was expecting. It was okay, but not really worthy of being one of the "50 CCs of NA". The 5.6 rating is quite a sandbag.
Ah, offwidths and chimneys. The cornerstone of any memorable climb!
A great enduro-crack!
Fantastic climbing with Dirtbag Dea!
An incredible experience even with the Harley Davidson's cruising around below...
Climbed with Peter Schmitz and Todd P. Todd, stationed at a nearby USAF base, lead the route for Peter and I. This was Peter's first multi-pitch climb: What an introduction to this great sport! Todd did an outstanding job, provided some on the job training, and had fun given his significantly higher climbing ability. We were rewarded with a picture post card perfect day while on the climb as well as at the top.
The history and significance of the route's first ascent was not lost on me as I climbed and relished every foot of the route.
Thanks Todd and Peter!!
In an Awesome year of climbing, with Wonderful Friends, Incredible Clients, and a few days out on my own, I have been Blessed with Topping the Tower, a few more than, 100 times. My Thanks, for many many happy hours on this Tower rock, are to Gene Jose, Todd Z.,Ryan H., Chris E., Ranger Chuck, Ranger Brian, Greg Cox, Ranger Scott, Dennis,Terry Rypkema, Steve Gardiner, TheLastPioneerWoman,Ralph Turman, Christian B., LIANA, John C.,John W.,Richard R., Sarah, Bill W.,Craig(youngat 64) V, Dr. Bob,Lisa&Darla&Pam, Sean&Damon,Dawn, Mike&Darcy, DEE-DEE,Chris Underklinger, Scott H.,Pat&Kama,Yaap(the Flying Dutchman), Brent C., Jessica D.(Thesweetestgirlintheworld), GlennJ., John T,Jim B., LIZ, Bob&Betty,Jeremiah,Ernie&Ethan&Jans, SUSAN, Fred&Ann, Ann&Eva,Mason&Luke,TheEnigman,Dicky F,JT Writer, Ted O, Basejumping Bill, Heather, Holly S., Hillary,Dr.JimtheRunner,Jim&Family,TheTexasBoys,Sydne,Jay&Janet, Rich R.&C.Dub,the Entire Morrison Family,Bruce B,FancyNancy,Christine K,Ted,Joey G.,Ray C,Carl&Michelle,Dave&Roberta,John G.,the Stubblefield Family,Davetherinernationalmanofmystery, Dr Kathy C, Byron&Family,Tom&Cindy, CrazyBob,Chris&Kris&Chris,Josh&Scott, thosecrazyfrenchpeople,John&Rachael, The Rosequist Family,Daniele&Alex, Shawn&Becky&Chris,Iggy&Squiggy, Dean&Shawn&Dave&Bill,BUNNYJEAN,Jason&the Argonauts,Theresa&Mary&Aruna,Chris&Paris,Dr Ginger,Rick (threeinaday) F, Counselor Pizzi, Nurse Kathy,Earl R, Dr Roy, The Joja Boys,Counselor Alex,Matt&Dave,John&Travis,Ted&Dave,Harvey&Megan,Kate&Marc,Father/Son Lamberts,Gretchen,Chris F, Lorna Awesome, Nurse Stephanie, Kim&Bradly&Pete&Lau,Alaskan Marcel,John&Chris&Jake&Cody&Ryan, Jason, Dan&Tricia Roadwarriors,Don&Family.
You all, are the Sunshine of my Life!!! May we climb together again, some more.....
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LIVE OUT THEIR DREAMS.
Climbed for my 31st Birthday...found a helmet on top with a quote written in magic marker on it: "Better to have endured moments of sheer terror, than to have died having lived life a coward."
We had a great climb with Jim and Mike from Billings. The traverse was kinda tricky but the crack after the traverse was a crackheads dream. I was sposed to visit Frank Sanders but getting there late and all it just wasn't possible. Sorry Frank. The climb was long as we had a few people but everyone was cool about sitting at belays waiting and I WAS THE FIRST TO TOP OUT.
A totally beautiful, Wyoming day. The breeze blew the clouds around, as I climbed with our "Women on the Rocks" class. Darla and Pam spent all day amazing themselves, and me, with their grace, skill , flow and at times strength. These two are Rock Goddesses!!!!!!!At day's end, they returned to their families and I caught an updraft and free soloed Durrance. A perfect day !!BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LIVE OUT THEIR DREAMS!!!!!!!
A beautiful, breezy day at this Devils Tower. Christian Baird, our local pro-snowboarder, came from Spearfish, SD, so that we might finish a project that we'd been eyeing for weeks. We made our way up the lovely, yet previously unclimbed off-width, two cracks to the right of the Leaning Column. About 160 ft. of difficult, but well protected off-width got us to the top of the Durrance column. We rated it 5.10a and placed it at the top of EveryBody's Off-Width Favorites List. The climb was named after Chip Salaun, a powerful fellow who loved the off-widths, ran Iron Man Triathlons before they were fashionable, did many routes on the Tower and many, many more routes on the Diamond on Long's Peak.On a solo trip, he vanished into a crevass in the New Zealand Alps. The force with which he lived Life, challenged us. His spirituality Lifted us. His constant care for every form of plant or animal opened our eyes and let more Life in.
Met Todd Zorn, for the first time, today. With the blue sky applauding and the sun cheering us on, we summited 3 times. The weather is beautiful ;wish you were here. Come join us. firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a beautiful day. The snow had gone away. Although we had "arranged " to climb together, my partner did not show up. I could not resist the beckoning of the rock. Free soloed, three times to the top, sharing the Tower only with the sun, the wind and one other party. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LIVE OUT THEIR DREAMS.
The forcast called for rain, mixed with sleet, hail and snow...."Winter Mix" they called it !! Well it didn't happen and the day way beautiful and windy. The dark clouds were in sight, but kept their distance. Free soloed the Durrance route, with strong updrafts and had a wonderful day just being the only person on the Tower. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LIVE OUT THEIR DREAMS.
Followed Joe Ripperger's lead up Bon Homme Variation route -- wasn't pretty, for me, but was rewarding. Joe was clean, as always, leading the route. He led TAD the day before w/another buddy, Tyke.