several routes climbed/attempted. tulgey wood, hollywood and vine, belle fourche buttress, mccarthy west face free var, walt bailey, dump watt, patent pending, broken tree, new wave, and el matador.
a 45-footer on belle fourche buttress was interesting, to say the least!
On June 6, '06, I finally realized my 34-year dream of standing on top of the Devil's Tower. Frank Sanders guided me up Hollywood and Vine to the top, just in time to watch the sunset, and we went down in the light of the nearly-full moon, making it the biggest event of my entire life! Thank you, Frank, for a dream-come-true!
It is continuing to be a Super Season at Devils Tower. Climbers of all abilities and from many different states (including the State of Confusion) and many different countries have visited and Experienced the Power of the Tower.
June was Super !!! Many Climbers came to Praise and Worship and Demonstrate that this Tower is Sacred to MANY Cultures. We Hope that You were one of them !! I climbed 20 days during the month, sharing the Power of the Tower with dozens of folks, Much to their JOY !!! We had numerous Sunset/Moonrise Celebrations atop the Tower, which increased both our Energies and Thankfulness!!
Brother Nate and i established 2 New Routes (on Northwest Corner and Southwest Face...mostly aid...) with Great Joy. The Southwest Face Route Experience will stay in my Heart for the longest time. We started up the route at 7 p.m., climbed through the night with headlamps, and summitted the next afternoon. The route itself (just right of CENTENNIAL) was of marginal quality, but the Experience of Enjoying a full Wyoming night, with the stars screaming (and no wind), stuck to the side of the Tower,gave me a new perspective on my Life (Looking forward to doing it again,...and again...)!!!
I was Blessed with Experiencing a Full Day of Praise and Worship on June 15. Starting at 7:30 a.m. I climbed all day, free-solo, roped-solo and some with a partner. A short afternoon break allowed me to greet some of our B&B guests. A late afternoon/evening climbing session was Wonderfully full of shade and coolness. Arriving back at home at midnight, I had Topped the Tower 16 times, purged my Soul, filled my Heart and sung my Songs of Gratitude. A Unique Experience in my Life. It could only have been better if YOU were along.
The season is moving along, each day, one day shorter. I Hope that You take the Time to come for a visit. There is soooo much to do !!! Old routes, new routes, familiar routes and always challenging routes await for all comers. The Power of the Tower is STRONG !! I watch it change Lives for the Larger and Better nearly everyday !!! Come and Experience it for Yourself. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LIVE OUT THEIR DREAMS.
Great climb. Total ascents = 2.
Route seemed a little polished from so much traffic and was hotter than hell in July. Otherwise great climb, great scenery. Can't wait to do it again, next time in cooler weather.
Several routes - New Wave, Assembly Line, Fritz's Fantasy, Broken Tree, and Soler. Assembly Line is awesome. One sustained pitch with good jams (fingers and hands) and great gear. Got my 'say no to
crack' friend hooked on cracks with Assembly Line.
The Notorious John Walker came out to the Tower today. A bit nippy in the morning so we didn't leave the parking lot until 10 a.m. However, we found the rock to be warm, welcoming and even encouraging. We climbed El Cracko, Soler, Tad and Walt Bailey Memorial. Dear John was ready to call it a day, but I brought my age to bear by alerting him to the fact that I was about halfway through my 6th decade and ready for another, so we did Bon Homme to finish out the day and retired to the Lodge by 5:30......Yes, I was quite Happy.....and quite Sore the next day.....but please don't let John know. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LIVE OUT THEIR DREAMS.
I was warned that the Durrance crack was the most difficult part of the route so I was pumped to do it. It was a stretch for me to stem and at one point and at another point I had to ask my partner to hold me on the rope so I could shake my arms out. However, I made it up Durrance just fine only to struggle on an easier chimney pitch above it. Then I caught a leader fall when my partner slipped climbing across the thin "Jump Traverse". The top is amazing...with the same look and feel of the terrain below. Breath-taking repels!
With my great friend Steve Smith. This was my second attempt. We were having so much fun climbing that we kept going straight up instead of traversing over to the right to follow the normal route.
Hot day, but fun climbing. Summit was infested with tiny little bugs everywhere. I did this climb and then drove over and trail ran Harney Peak (South Dakota's highpoint) on the same long day.
My first multi-pitch. It's pretty cool have visited the Tower when I was a little kid (before I started climbing), and had seen rock climbers on it and thought that was so cool, but didn't really think I could be a climber. And now here I am a little older, climbing it.
Labor Day weekend. It was extremely hot, we were extremely slow, and did not take near enough water. Made for a long day. Oh, and there were flying, biting, ants on the summit.
Didn't plan to climb in June. We were continually rainned out towards the end of May. Climbed with my sister and her fiancay and I must say it was an excellent experience. I can't wait to get my self onto some more multi-pitch routes.
great fun. regret taking a pack with me.
The weather looked like it might rain so we had packs. Taking packs up the Durrance route was a mistake.
Lots of outwidths and chimneys. Probably not the best route to top, but doable for novice climbers.
Great route, with Frank. Why did it take me so long to get to this corner of the state? well worth the effort!
I spent a day at the Devils Tower Lodge and wish to thank our host, Frank Sanders, for his warm hospitality and great climbing at the Tower. I did the Teachers Lounge on the North side of the the Devils Tower, climbing with the estimable Jaap Pierse, the crack is said to be a 5.3. The ledge affords great views of the Belle Fourche Valley, Devils Tower Lodge and the entrance to the mounument.
summited via standard meadows thrash after climbing pseudo/extended weissner. realized that i am not a fan of offwidth/squeeze chimney, but the pitch below that was fun.
the next day, climbed the first pitch of el matador to have a up close and personal look at 'The Pitch'. also climbed the first pitch of mccarthy north face (a long pitch, start the belay as high as you can up the slabs). both these first pitches are great climbs in their own right (or, in other words, i can't yet lead the second pitch of either climb :)