In 1951 Tony Soler and his partners came from the East Coast, to Devils Tower. They aid climbed this fine corner system on the Tower's East Face, and it now bears his name; SOLER. It was the first "aid climb" (other than the stake ladder) on the Tower. In 1959 Layton Kor and Ray Jacquot free-climbed the line, making it the first aid climb to get free-climbed on the Tower!! Today it is one of the more popular routes on the Tower with two pitches of 5.8+/5.9- finger/hand jamming.The climber in the photo is at the Incredible hanging belay at the top of Pitch 1.This is a Highly Enjoyable and Highly Recommended route.
John B. climbing a rare Devils Tower face climb; FRITZ'S FANTASY (5.10b). Even in this Wonderland of Cracks there are a few sport climbs. This one take a fine line up the OUTSIDE of the column that Fritz Weissner jammed to the Tower Top in 1937 for the first true climbing ascent of the Tower. Weissner's crack is obvious to the climber's left. It has little to no protection. This sport climb has 13 well placed bolts.
In 1937, Fritz Weissner with two companions, made the first rock climbing ascent of Devils Tower. (The Tower had been climbed before by two local ranchers, Rogers & Rupley, who, in 1893, constructed a ladder by driving wooden fence posts into a crack.) The crux of Weissner's route is a rather long, sustained offwidth section (5.7/5.8) that affords protection, grudgingly. The climber in the photo is just starting that section. The boldness of the lead, even today, stands as a stark tribute to Weissner's skill and commitment.
Todd Huston, atop the Tower. !!! To Celebrate Life and the 4th of July it was a Great Joy to Dr Kate Comer and Frank Sanders to accommpany Brother Todd to a Splendid Summit.Despite losing a leg as a teenager, Todd continues to \"charge hard\", through this Life. He is an Author, a Motivational Speaker, and one Inspirational Climber. We climbed the Ultra-Classic WEISSNER ROUTE that day.