Devils Tower

Devils Tower Trip Report (#1618)

  • Signed By: Bruce Brown
  • Date submitted: November 01, 2002
  • Number of People Encountered:

I can see the headlines now: "Fat (260), Middle Aged Guy (45) with Bad Knee and Shoulder (old rodeo injuries) Climbs Tower." I am the poster boy for non-typical climbers who have found their way to the top of Devils Tower. I would have to say that novice climbers are only as capable as their guides and that is why I thank Frank Sanders and his network of climbers who have helped me from the bottom of my heart.

Frank has a way of teaching you to relax and be comfortable when climbing. Although I must admit that getting to the top was my initial interest in climbing, Frank taught me to focus and feel great pride in moving up the rock 5 feet, not to be hung up in getting to the top.

When we reached the summit last Sunday I looked around in awe and wonder at the wide open Wyoming countryside and my chest swelled in size with pride. I knew I was going to make it, but at the same time I couldn't believe that I was actually on the top of the Tower.

I am a local so I didn't participate in the end of day activities at Frank's bed and breakfast found on the web at I understand that the day usually ends with a great meal, great conversation and a dip in the hot tub.

I can old say that I have done a lot neat things in my life but this is one of the best.

Thanks, Frank.

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