Devils Tower

Devils Tower Trip Report (#1647)

I went to DT with my husband Greg for an extended Memorial weekend. Let me start with the weather: we experienced 3 seasons in 3 days.

Day 1 was winter, with snow, we hiked to see the tower from all over, get impressed by so much powerful majesty, excite our desire to get up there. As I told my new wonderful friend Frank, it would be a shame to attempt climbing on a cold day, it would just be like pouring salt over the sweetest desert. So we patiently waited for the next day.

Day 2: It was fall: wind and moisture, but we decided to climb with John guiding us. It was a very humbling experience! Usually when we hire a guide for face climbing we like to go on 5-9, 5-10, well those cracks put us down on our knees, it is a different technique, and Devils Tower is the best place to learn it. For French people, this is is comparable to what we call "renfougne chamoniarde". Forget those small "thin" 5-10 climbing shoes, I ended up climbing in my hiking boots. We made it to the top, all along it was very impressive: the view extends away each step up. Even though the tower is not vertical, it seems like it is once on there!

Day 3: summer,we finally got it. We went to climb, the 2 of us, on the NorthEast face, under a bright warming sun, without Uncle Wind! Instead of a crack we picked a stemming climb. We had a lot of pleasure.

Last but not least, to make your stay true, my suggestion is to stay a Devils Tower Lodge with Frank and his friends (Jonathan, Jaap and John were the guys at the time). These guys are just cool! We felt we were in a very warm home, met unforgettable fellows, and got plenty of valuable advise. From our bed, we only had to turn our head towards the left to see the tower, and if you prefer to camp you can too! Frank does everything from guiding, to cooking, and assisting you in recovering from hot flashes...!

Devils Tower is located in a wonderful region, if the weather does not permit climbing, there is always something to enjoy, if you miss heat go take a hike in the badlands.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Virginie.

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