Devils Tower

Devils Tower Summit Logs

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  • Log #22137 - by Frank Sanders on Feb 18, 20114 Stars
    Beautiful Rock. Beautiful Climb. Amazing Day. Had the Place to Myself.
  • Log #21977 - by Frank Sanders on Apr 29, 2010
    National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Devils Tower National Monument PO Box 10 Devils Tower, WY 82714 307 467-5283 phone 307 467-5350 fax DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT ...
  • Log #21058 - by Buzz Kemper on Oct 08, 2007
    I climbed several routes on Devils Tower with my friends Erik Schaefer and Jessica Kilroy. Our leader/guide was the legendary Frank Sanders, also a friend with whom I've climbed many times. Before...
  • Log #21053 - by vicente planelles and france barral on Oct 03, 2007
    This was Vicente's and France's second summit of the tower, using the Cracko Diablo route plus the standard Meadows finish. wonderful experience, perfect rock. we loved it. Rating (5.
  • Log #21047 - by Jon Stone on Sep 30, 2007
    This was my first time climbing ever- anywhere. My family and friends thought I was nuts for trying this so I made sure I researched the safest way to go about this and still achieve my goal. My...
  • Log #21040 - by vicente planelles and france barral on Sep 28, 2007
    France Barral and myself (Vicente Planelles) climbed the Durrance route with the Bayley's variation. Started at 3pm with no intention to summit. Then we ran into legendary Frank Sanders, who was...
  • Log #21039 - by Margaret Hurley on Sep 24, 2007
    Greg and I climbed with Frank Sanders and got up via Soler on my birthday! If you want to work hard and climb far better than you ever dreamed you could, just CLIMB WITH FRANK!
  • Log #21032 - by Peter Len on Sep 18, 2007
    Had never really done any crack climbing before, but the lure of the mountain from "Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind" finally caught up to me. Went up the standard Durrance route with guide Andy...
  • Log #21024 - by Marlene Clemente on Sep 11, 2007
    I followed Zack up Soler. It was a great day!
  • Log #20941 - by katie costello on Aug 09, 2007
    a good challenge. was very sick but happy afterwards. thanks josh, matt, and adam! i couldn't have done it without you guys!!
  • Log #20843 - by Royal Ottmar on June 23, 2007
    Climbed with Andy Petefish. There were three of us, Pat Murphy, Fred and I. We followed the Durance route and had a ball. It is the only rock climbing I had ever done and I sure picked a beautiful...
  • Log #20410 - by Frank Sanders on Oct 02, 2006
    A Beautiful Autumn day !!! Topped the Tower several times via El Matador, Walt Bailey Memorial and the Durrance Route. Could only have been better if You had been there !!!
  • Log #18939 - by Frank Sanders on Feb 14, 2006
    November 22. Free-soloed Durrance Route with the Bailey Direct Finish. Temps were in the 50's with beautiful sunshine. Had the hill to myself.
  • Log #1495 - by John McCaffrey on Nov 10, 2004
    Followed the classic Durrance route.
  • Log #1496 - by Bryant McDonnell on Oct 24, 2004
    Beep Beep Beep...... 4:45am I awoke to an annoying alarm from a short night of sleep with dreams of Devils Tower. Sigh.... Opening the door of my tent I saw the top of the tower and smiled, knowing...
  • Log #1497 - by Tim Greene on Oct 20, 2004
    Frank Sanders (of 'Devils Tower Lodge') gave me the gift of helping me to realize my dream. I had been critically injured in a climbing accident in 93, and after 11 years, finally began climbing...
  • Log #1499 - by Greg Schaffer on Oct 13, 2004
    CLIMBING DEVILS TOWER By Greg Schaffer October 2, 2004 It's hard to believe that more than a year has gone by since my identical twin brother, Jeff, and I climbed Devils Tower at the "mature" age...
  • Log #1500 - by Paul Neyrinck on Oct 12, 2004
    As a child on vacation with my parents many years ago, I remember being in awe at the site of Devil's Tower. While planning my South Dakota/Wyoming vacation this summer, I decided to return to the...
  • Log #1502 - by Steven Chandler on Oct 05, 2004
    Our summit bid started on Tuesday the 2nd of September at 5:30am in Loveland, Colorado, 360 miles from Devils Tower. Our climbing party consisted of Jerry "Zeke" Arzooyan, Dion...
  • Log #1503 - by Buzz Kemper on Sep 30, 2004
    On the way back from a climbing/hiking trip to Utah in 1999, I and my buddy Scott drove along I-90 on the numbingly long drive back to Wisconsin. When we caught a glimpse of Devils Tower in the misty...
  • Log #1504 - by Nathan Kutcher on Sep 26, 2004
    Eleven years ago I came to the Tower on a family Vacation. From the moment I first saw the Tower I wanted to climb it. A few months later I started climbing. A couple of years after that I finally...
  • Log #1505 - by Glenn Burns on Sep 23, 2004
    Climbing and summiting the Devils tower was a dream born when I visited the tower in May of 1995. That dream faded out shortly after it was realized, life happened... but it never died, 9 years and...
  • Log #1507 - by Jerry Robinson on Aug 15, 2004
    What made my climb possible was the expertise of Curtis; since I had torn my MCL in my left knee five weeks before the climb, on training day I was unable to run, jog, and even walking was tough....
  • Log #1508 - by jeremiah antosch on Aug 14, 2004
    at the end of july i was lucky enough to be able to return to the Tower with several friends in tow, 2 from school and another 2 from the local gym. after a few days of playing around, bouldering,...
  • Log #1509 - by jeremiah antosch on Aug 14, 2004
    during the summer of 2003 i had the wonderful chance to spend the summer as an "intern" at devil's tower lodge, a b&b program run by Frank Sanders. aside from his budding b&b, Frank...
  • Log #1510 - by John R. DeQuardo on Aug 02, 2004
    Frank Sanders and Devils Tower Lodge gang provide all the tool to allow climbers to succeed on the tower. John Walker (my guide) placed perfect, efficient pro, lead flawlessly, and gave excellent...
  • Log #1511 - by Joe and Breanna Denicola on July 24, 2004
    Just a note to urge a visit to Frank Sanders' Devil's Tower Lodge. A great place to stay while scrambing up the Tower. good people, excellent beta, plenty of spray, and positive energy to spare. The...
  • Log #1512 - by Mark Brackin on July 20, 2004
    Climbed the Durrance with Frank Sanders, Devils Tower Lodge. I was pretty nervious as I hadn't climbed in ten years but I really enjoyed myself, even though I had a touch of acrophobia, and...
  • Log #1514 - by Celina Tio and Ken Buch on June 07, 2004
    Ken and I summited the Tower for the first time on May 31st with the help (lots of it!) of John Walker. We drove from Kansas City as a surprise for Ken's 40th birthday. We hit Mount Rushmore first...
  • Log #1515 - by Chris on May 17, 2004
    The Tower is truly one of the most incredible places on the planet. In addition to the fantastic climbing and views it is impossible to say enough about Frank, John and the rest of the staff at the...
  • Log #1516 - by Chad Smith on Mar 16, 2004
    An awesome climb- I had to go back and do it again. Although I have to recommend NOT doing it in the heat of the summer (I know, duh) (we summited at 3pm due to the que of climbers at the base)....
  • Log #1517 - by Jay Harrison on Mar 06, 2004
    First stopped there with my wife in '83; spent most of a week driving around with a sign on our car "Climbing Partner Wanted". Finally got hooked up with a guy and two gals from Gilette....
  • Log #1518 - by Lee Lassle on Mar 05, 2004
    Let me tell you a story...once upon a time in my life I was absolutely terrified of heights and then had the pleasure of meeting Frank and Lorna Lu. Thanks to you two I have conquered that fear. Guys...
  • Log #1519 - by Jim Frazier on Feb 29, 2004
    The Tower is an awesome place to climb, winter or summer. There's a campground there, but I prefer to stay at Devil's Tower Lodge. Winter at the Tower Rocks!
  • Log #1520 - by Lindsey Amos on Feb 19, 2004
    Just another amazing day at the Tower...Frank & I topped out via Durrance again. The snow inside the wider cracks and the ice water trickling into my armpit made it especially fun today. My first...
  • Log #1521 - by Anthony Schreck on Feb 17, 2004
    Great Climb.
  • Log #1523 - by Tailgate Timmy on Jan 04, 2004
    The first of the year! What perfect weather! Thank you Frank (Devils Tower Lodge), you rock!!!
  • Log #1525 - by Colin on Nov 12, 2003
    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...
  • Log #1526 - by Carmelo Tacoronte on Nov 05, 2003
    What a magnificent site this must be! Hopefully, in another year when I retire, I plan to see Devil's Peak in person.
  • Log #1527 - by Zeus Sticky on Oct 23, 2003
    many thanks to the great beyond for gifts like the tower!! also, appreciation to frank and the devil's tower lodge family for their splendid hospitality and company.
  • Log #1528 - by Andy Petefish on Oct 12, 2003
    Another great day in thousands over the last 20 years I've spent climbing Devils Tower..... Once again today, I had the wonderful pleasure climbing with Jeff, Tyler, Lisa, and Tanner, but this time...
  • Log #1529 - by Andy Petefish on Oct 12, 2003
    Another great day in thousands that I've spent climbing Devils Tower. I had the wonderful pleasure climbing with Jeff, Tyler, Lisa, and Tanner. The weather was amazing as well as the fall colors. The...
  • Log #1530 - by Jeff Gieniec on Sep 19, 2003
    AWESOME VIEWS
  • Log #1531 - by Garrett on Sep 03, 2003
    Ah, offwidths and chimneys. The cornerstone of any memorable climb!
  • Log #1532 - by schadik on Aug 30, 2003
    Spent two weeks in the area while on a three month road trip throughout the states. Best crack I've ever come accross.
  • Log #1533 - by Tailgate Timmy on Aug 26, 2003
    You are bits and pieces of every person you meet. The more amazing the people you meet, the more profound effect they have on you. After a week at the tower, my whole person is drastically changed....
  • Log #1534 - by Mark Jabir on Aug 17, 2003
    Being someone who has a real fear of ledges, I have always tried to push myself towards my fears so that i would never lose an opportunity to experience something wonderful. I must also enjoy the...
  • Log #1535 - by Mark Chaplin on Aug 14, 2003
    The Tower is a spectacular place! I wish I had the time to climb more than the Durrance Crack. I hear many of the other routes are a lot better. I believe it too. The Durrance Crack was dirty,...
  • Log #1536 - by Alan and Jackie Ellis on July 22, 2003
    This capped two days of climbing with the Tower meister himself, Frank Sanders. What an incredible experience meeting and climbing with this gentleman. Funny, yet serious, and always the safest,...
  • Log #1537 - by Michael Shomsky on Jan 13, 2003
    After climbing the tower for the first time Thanksgiving of 2001 with a friend, Steve Regenold, we decided to make it an annual event. Unfortunately, Steve wasn't able to make it due to family...
  • Log #1538 - by john walker on Jan 12, 2003
    Stayed the night at Devils Tower lodge with Frank and Lorna on the 6th of january. Climbed to the top on the Durrance route free solo on the morning of the 7th. My first time soloing on the tower....
  • Log #1539 - by Kevin Brown/Keith Augustine on Jan 01, 2003
    Keith and I finally made our climb after several years of planning and dreaming. We had a fantastic day on the Durrance with Frank Sanders. We were the *only* people on the route that beautiful sunny...
  • Log #1540 - by Ren Obdarb on Dec 14, 2002
    Climbing on the Tower in December... stranger things have happened... Supposed to reach 60 degrees in Rapid, but 'twas a little bit chillier on the Tower... Sunny but windy in places.
  • Log #1541 - by Michael Eisenberg on Nov 12, 2002
    I went with a friend to stay with Frank Sanders at the Devils Tower Lodge. I had climbed less than 10 times in the last year and that was my total climbing experience. I had never crack climbed....
  • Log #1542 - by Dr. and Mrs. Keith Schrader on Nov 04, 2002
    The power of the tower is strong! What a wonderful experience that is not soon forgotten. My husband and I have climbed in many different areas of the U.S. with many different guides. We found the...
  • Log #1543 - by John Gunnels on Nov 02, 2002
    Cliche, but true: LIFE IS A CIRCLE My experiences pale in comparison to Tower legends like Dingus McGee... Todd Skinner... Mateo Pee Pee... Frank Sanders.
  • Log #1549 - by Bill Rosqvist (Rozy) on Nov 01, 2002
    We stayed withh Frank and Mary at the Devils Tower lodge. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life to climb the tower with FrankMan. We did the easy routes (if there is such a thing) of...
  • Log #1550 - by Mary Anna on Nov 01, 2002
    >My first ascent, with my love and partner, Frank. Our foreplay up >the Durrance route was fabulous, but our peaks were reached on top >of the tower.As we soaked in the sunshine and gazed down...
  • Log #1551 - by Gregory Cox on Nov 01, 2002
    Once again, I reached the top of the Tower, with the help of Gene and Frank. It was a great climb. I almost thought that it would be a little too cold, so I over did it with layers, worse then the...
  • Log #1552 - by Martin Soldner on Nov 01, 2002
    It took 4 of us longer than expected & without the knowledge of anyone knowing where we were we scaled this beautiful rock. Although we were novice climbers & made it, i would never try such a thing...
  • Log #1553 - by Steve Gardiner on Nov 01, 2002
    June 26, 2000--Frank Sanders and I climbed the Durrance route in the morning and Soler in the afternoon. We sat on top, enjoying the sun. It was hard to believe that it had been over 22 years since...
  • Log #1554 - by Gregory Cox on Nov 01, 2002
    I think I got the date right, because my frist time ever climbing was on the fourth, we only went past the Durance Crack that evening, to watch the fire-works. Anyways, Gene Jose led the climb up...
  • Log #1555 - by Ray P. Carter on Nov 01, 2002
    My former college roommate and fellow All-American Rifle Team member, Frank P. Sanders, Jr., took me up Devil's Tower the day before his wedding in July 1983. We started just before another group...
  • Log #1556 - by Ralph Turman on Nov 01, 2002
    I, Ralph Turman, had summitted "The Tower" times before, but on this particular day, January 1, 1980, my older brother and I,Ray, had made plans to be the first to summit in the new millenium. That...
  • Log #1557 - by Lowell N Hawkes on Nov 01, 2002
    A beautiful, sunny, calm, and rather cold day. Five of us climbed Durrance route with Frank Sanders as chief climbing god, Yoda, Soothsayer, and Brotherhood guide. All five summited; only Billy Bob...
  • Log #1558 - by Keith Ladd Moses on Nov 01, 2002
    Four of us started the Durrace route at 8:30 am and we were back down to visitor center at 8:30 pm. This was a long day of climbing. I have one thing to say about the Durrance route--no feet!!! The...
  • Log #1559 - by Frank Sanders on Nov 01, 2002
    Was Blessed to climb a new route, solo. "BladeRunner" follows the crack directly to the left of "Blade City". The first two pitches are absolutely beautiful and are composed,...
  • Log #1560 - by Michael Jake on Nov 01, 2002
    Started the approach from the Visitor's Center at 7:30. Passed a group of 4 which put us first on Durance for the day. Great climb! Made a mistake on the 5th Pitch. From the belay station I took the...
  • Log #1561 - by Rick Goble on Nov 01, 2002
    Arrived at Devils Tower on August 10 and climbed 1st pitch of Everlasting and first 2 pitchs of McCarthy North Face route 5.8 and 5.8+. Great way to get used to the cracks on the Tower and then on...
  • Log #1562 - by David Gervais on Nov 01, 2002
    35 hours from Montreal, but what a thrill. Durrance is the hardest 5.6 I've ever done. The five of us got an orgasm when we've reached the top.
  • Log #1563 - by Thomas S. Burton on Nov 01, 2002
    Reached the summit via the Durrance Route with Gaylynn Burton and Ron Baxter. A very nice route, especially if you like groveling in offwidths and chimneys. The second pitch is definately harder than...
  • Log #1564 - by Frank Sanders on Nov 01, 2002
    Gene Jose and I did a new route on the west face. We climbed "Soon To Be Free" and then went directly to the top. We named the climb "Home At Last, Wyoming" and rated it 5.10....
  • Log #1565 - by JORDI ROSET I LLOBET on Nov 01, 2002
    Fantastic climbs. I have climb in the mountain for a week, the most beatiful routs, like Assembly line, el Matador or Mr Clean. Nice cracks. I am not use to find this kind of cracks and routes in...
  • Log #1566 - by Peter Gram on Nov 01, 2002
    I have summited the tower on 3 separate occasions. Soler, Tad, and Walt Bailey.
  • Log #1567 - by Dan Ness on Nov 01, 2002
    Followed Joe Ripperger's lead up Bon Homme Variation (5.8) -- he and Tyke Pederson did T.A.D. the day before.
  • Log #1568 - by Ryan Schlimgen on Nov 01, 2002
    My bro and I drove for eighthours, didnt have a tent, so we slept in the rain, started up the Durance at about 7, and took on an extra man who was failing a solo attempt at about 7:15. summited...
  • Log #1569 - by an anonymous user on Nov 01, 2002
    First accent in July with Cindy & Mike. Only one other party summited that day. I think 98 degrees is to hot for climbing. Things I learned: 1 dont wear a black helmet on hot days.
  • Log #1570 - by ED MARSHALL on Nov 01, 2002
    Just about fell off the Durrance route 5.6 Had been climbing hard ten years prior to trip Got respect for older climber's-had true grit
  • Log #1571 - by Rob Walters on Nov 01, 2002
    Did the Durance Route with Jim Hone. Excellent climb, no alien base on top altough.
  • Log #1572 - by Chris Stout on Nov 01, 2002
    Take plenty of water for a hot july day on the Durrance route, and start very early in the moring. A set of cams and long runners are key to a fun climb. Happy to answer any questions!
  • Log #1573 - by Steve McCartney on Nov 01, 2002
    Drove 12 hours, rested a day, climbed the Durrance, then drove home. It was worth spending 24 hours in a car for!!
  • Log #1574 - by Jennifer Petrik & Ron Gratkowski on Nov 01, 2002
    Did the 5.7 to the right of Durance. sustained 5.7 the whole way made it a bit harder than most 5.7's I've done.
  • Log #1575 - by Don Gregory on Nov 01, 2002
    While the Durrance Route might be bland for real crack climbers, the off width crack on the crux pitch almost caused this desk jockey to lose his lunch. Enjoyed having the route and summit to...
  • Log #1576 - by Susan Smith on Nov 01, 2002
    "It was a great experience to climb this mountain with my friends!"
  • Log #1577 - by Steve Weliver on Nov 01, 2002
    What's a climb without good friends like Bob Archbold, John Page, Steve Cochran and my son Kyle?
  • Log #1578 - by Colby Rickard on Nov 01, 2002
    Even though two months have passed since I summited the Tower, I still have vivid memories of the climbs. This is the third climbing trip to the Tower and it was just as fantastic as the first. The...
  • Log #1579 - by Jeremiah Antosch on Nov 01, 2002
    I climbed the Durrence Route with Frank Sanders as a guide from Devil's Tower Lodge. It was pretty fun and a pretty easy climb, although i have done al of my other climbing indoors in gyms. I would...
  • Log #1580 - by paul slattum on Nov 01, 2002
    I went to the tower for a week in August for a five day intensive tour of the tower with Frank Sanders. I stayed at the lodge with Frank, Lorna, and Jaap. I had a wonderful time and enjoyed the time...
  • Log #1581 - by Jeff shymko on Nov 01, 2002
    Devils Tower, Wyoming.09/02 I'm not the most athletic guy.I've never had any inclination to climb anything more than the stairs. I went to Devils Tower strictly as a tourist to see this rock and...
  • Log #1583 - by Jim Lynch on Nov 01, 2002
    Great trip to the Tower. Weather was near perfect. At this time of year be prepared for temperatures from the mid thirties to the seventies and high winds. Darkness comes quickly at this time of year...
  • Log #1584 - by Ginger on Nov 01, 2002
    This was my second year in a row to spend my vacation climbing on the Tower. I had such a good time last year climbing with Frank and staying at Devils Tower Lodge, I went back for more. It was even...
  • Log #1585 - by LAWRENCE W. MARZ on Nov 01, 2002
    FIRST TIME ON VERTICAL ROCK OVER 100'. QUIT EXCITING GO FOR IT!
  • Log #1586 - by Ben McGill on Nov 01, 2002
    This past summer my girlfriend Eleni and I spent three days climbing at Devil's tower. The Tower is an amazing place to be. Part of me just wants to sit there and look at it, the other part wants to...
  • Log #1587 - by Walter Frank Mason on Nov 01, 2002
    Sometime in July 2002 I called Frank Sanders to make arrangements for him to guide me in a climb up Devils Tower. After introductions and necessary discussion we, at least I, agreed that I would be...
  • Log #1588 - by Paul Bedell on Nov 01, 2002
    My wife, Blanca, and I visited Devils Tower Lodge and experienced a wonderful place, a wonderful group of people, learned a lot and are better people because of all of these things. We had never...
  • Log #1589 - by Tom Gracen on Nov 01, 2002
    Experience at Devil's Tower Lodge August 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2002 Submitted by Tom and Deb Gracen, Yardley, PA My wife Deb and I arrived at the Devil's Tower Lodge at about 7:30 PM on Tuesday,...
  • Log #1590 - by john walker on Nov 01, 2002
    We climbed Solar to the top, great climb with really fun people. We are a blessed bunch here at the tower. Climbing here is good preparation for climbing in the Wind River Range where the cracks are...
  • Log #1591 - by A. A. Rzepka on Nov 01, 2002
    My first "real" climb in the outdoors. What a view! What a climb! I'd love to be there again someday!
  • Log #1593 - by Roy Lenzo on Nov 01, 2002
    This note is in response to criticism written by someone named "Common Sense". The person responding to my note obviously was not on the tower that day and apparently has a personal ax to...
  • Log #1594 - by jim prokos on Nov 01, 2002
    Dear wondering why?, This is in response to your entry log dated august 8 2002. You Wonder why only Frank's clients sign this log. Why don't the other guides Ask their clients to do same, unless they...
  • Log #1595 - by Dan "Iron Hiker" Saxton on Nov 01, 2002
    My son's account (Dan, below) nicely indicates our rewarding and memorable climb on July 26. Despite the cryptic (?) comments listed (twice ?) below Dan's entry, I would definitely agree that if...
  • Log #1596 - by Dan "Iron Hiker" Saxton on Nov 01, 2002
    This is an excerpt from a longer narrative detailing the summer's adventures - the part about Devil's Tower is shown below. Our mission was to rock climb the Tower, led by the esteemed legendary...
  • Log #1597 - by Marcin Butkiewicz on Nov 01, 2002
    On April 12 me and Stan have arrived at the Tower for a third time. Previously we were learning an Aid climbing. This time we were going to start education in the trad and crack climbing. Our teacher...
  • Log #1598 - by Marcin Butkiewicz on Nov 01, 2002
    After our last adventure at the Devils Tower in December, we couldn't stop thinking of coming back for more. Opportunity came on March 16th. Like the last time we wanted to aid up...
  • Log #1599 - by Frank Sanders on Nov 01, 2002
    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, 130 times. My HEARTFELT THANKS,...
  • Log #1600 - by Ryan Marsh on Nov 01, 2002
    My friends and I had been doing a lot of toproping and were wanting a new experience. So my friends dad called up Frank Sanders whose number we got out of a guide book and we set a day were we would...
  • Log #1601 - by Frank Sanders on Nov 01, 2002
    PLEASE NOTICE THAT, OTHER THAN THIS AREA OF FALCON CLOSURE, DEVILS TOWER IS OPEN TO CLIMBING, EVERYDAY OF EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR. THERE ARE NO OTHER CLOSURES OR BANS, IN EFFECT AT DEVILS TOWER, THIS...
  • Log #1602 - by Jim Schedin on Nov 01, 2002
    First attempt on the tower ~ climbed Walt Bailey Memorial 5.9 finger/hand crack. My apologies to the tourists below for my audible indecencies.
  • Log #1603 - by Lindsay Stephens/John Holt on Nov 01, 2002
    Durrance route. John's first lead.
  • Log #1604 - by Dave Snee on Nov 01, 2002
    Q: Where were you on 9-11? A: I was climbing Devil's Tower! I was relocating from VA to CA when a buddy told me he'd ride with me if we could climb something cool. We were both climbing virgins...
  • Log #1605 - by Michael Shomsky on Nov 01, 2002
    Ok, So I'm late with this entry. Better late than never right? This all started in September when my fiance, the lovely Ms. Kristin France, takes a job offer out here in the Midwest. In short, we...
  • Log #1606 - by Marcin Butkiewicz on Nov 01, 2002
    On Dec. 29 we arrived at The Tower. We were planning on aid climbing "Mr.Clean". Thank God we met Frank Sanders, who sensed our inexperience and recommended "Hollywood and Vine".
  • Log #1607 - by stephen regenold on Nov 01, 2002
    Nov. 18th Michael Shomsky and I (Stephen Regenold) climbed "Psuedo Wiessner" today. We left Frank Sanders' house at about 8 a.m. and were soon climbing in 30-degree temps and snow. Pitch one and two...
  • Log #1608 - by Gregory Cox on Nov 01, 2002
    Frank Sanders and I headed up McCarthy North Face, in a climb that kicked my butt, but it was awesome anyways. It is a hard route, I caught my cleaning tool on the overhang to start the hardest...
  • Log #1609 - by Gregory Cox on Nov 01, 2002
    The Fourth of July is an anniversary date to me, in climbing at least. On the 4th in 2000 I first put on the harness and shoes, and hit the rock. In 2001, I did the same thing, on the same route....
  • Log #1610 - by Gregory Cox on Nov 01, 2002
    Well, I realized that I haven't listed a summit in over a year, so I thought I'd fill in some holes. School got out last May and I packed up my stuff and headed out to Wyoming. Shortly after I got to...
  • Log #1611 - by Neal Hunt on Nov 01, 2002
    Neal Hunt, Jason Hall, David Holcombe, and Marvin Mayo traveled from Georgia to climb and stay with Frank Sanders at Devil's Tower Lodge. I can't say enough about what a gracious and generous host...
  • Log #1612 - by Jerry Kraus on Nov 01, 2002
    OK, back to the Tower Tree, Travis, and I go. A nice drive across South Dakota and were in Rapid City just after noon, get a little more gear, do the same in Spearfish and Moose the store clerk says...
  • Log #1613 - by JERRY KRAUS on Nov 01, 2002
    I don,t have any wisdom other than be careful. I just had a friend who visited the tower during Sturgis and wanted to climb it. So we ordered Tree some size 15 shoes and spent a couple of hours a few...
  • Log #1614 - by Marcel LaPerriere on Nov 01, 2002
    30 years ago most people I knew thought any climber was a bit of a lunatic. I knew I fit into that category, and perhaps that was why I wanted to climb the Devil's Tower. While on a climbing trip to...
  • Log #1615 - by Peter L. Ziegler on Nov 01, 2002
    Climbing is life! Thanks to Frank Sanders who is an "Adventure" in his own right. Best wishes to all who come here.
  • Log #1616 - by Lau Christensen on Nov 01, 2002
    Great experience. I especially enjoyed being able to look down at Devils Tower Lodge from the summit. I can't imagine a better base for an awesome climbing adventure. The previous day we were soaked...
  • Log #1617 - by Sydne Clark on Nov 01, 2002
    I squint my eyes looking for another handhold. "Look with your head, not with your eyes." I can almost hear Frank telling me. I look higher and to the right and there it is.
  • Log #1618 - by Bruce Brown on Nov 01, 2002
    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...
  • Log #1620 - by Kate Comer on Nov 01, 2002
    Marc and I have been back 5 days now...Saturday we were standing on top. wow... Language doesn't convey what I felt, but here's a few words that come close: peace . beauty . focus .
  • Log #1621 - by Terry Rypkema on Nov 01, 2002
    In early August of 2001 I was fortunate enough to find myself back at Devils Tower. I have enjoyed a long history there, and find it to be a mystical, spiritually renewing place unlike any other on...
  • Log #1622 - by Scott Swetnam on Nov 01, 2002
    First things first .... everything is bigger in Texas; except, the rocks. Most of my experience has come from rock gyms and single pitch, less than 100', top roped face climbs. Needless to say, this...
  • Log #1623 - by Ted Taylor on Nov 01, 2002
    You only live once!
  • Log #1624 - by John Peters on Nov 01, 2002
    Frank and Gene are the ultimate cheerleaders/motivators.At 49 and with no rock experience.They made this incredible challenge enjoyable.
  • Log #1625 - by Kathy McConkey on Nov 01, 2002
    Climbing the Tower has been a magical experience for me. Words cannot do justice the feeling when finally reaching the summit. My guides were fantastic, Frank and Gene from the Devil's Tower Lodge....
  • Log #1626 - by Ginger on Nov 01, 2002
    Great time climbing the Tower with Frank and Gene. They are are both excellent guides and had me on challenging routes for my abilities. It was definitely worth the view from the top. I missed...
  • Log #1627 - by Sam and Abbey Jaffe on Nov 01, 2002
    I first met Franks Sanders in 1973 when he was a graduate assistant in the biology department at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. He was wild and crazy and a totally free spirit. He's calmed down quite...
  • Log #1628 - by Deb on Nov 01, 2002
    My boss had a dream -- to climb Devils Tower. Only he wanted to bring the company so everyone could partake in "his" adventure! Not everyone was as excited as he was, and as time got closer...
  • Log #1630 - by Roy Lenzo on Nov 01, 2002
    The first time I climbed Devil's Tower was September 11th 2001. My guide was Frank Sanders, who has climbed Devil's Tower probably more times than anyone in history. We climbed the Tower Classic, "El...
  • Log #1631 - by Andi on Nov 01, 2002
    What an adventure. It is difficult to put into words how amazing the climb was for me. I have never rock climbed before and was nervous about trying to climb to the top. Frank Sanders is an amazing...
  • Log #1632 - by Andre Fiedler on Nov 01, 2002
    What a great weekend at the Tower! Had not clmbed there in 10 years. Where did the time go? Had forgotten how intimidating the Tower can be at first. Did some of the classic lines such as Walt...
  • Log #1633 - by David M. Smith on Nov 01, 2002
    Wes and I had been planning on climbing at Devils Tower for about 3 months, we had just completed the last event in a bouldering series and figured Casper to DT would be less of a drive than...
  • Log #1634 - by Lindsay on Nov 01, 2002
    John Holt and I snuck up the Wiessner route during a lapse in the rain. We had tried to climb this route a couple of times last summer, but the sun conspired against us...this time, the solar...
  • Log #1635 - by Kate Comer on Nov 01, 2002
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 15, 2002 Devils Tower National Monument Climbing Routes Reopen Following Falcon Closure. Effective immediately, all climbing routes on Devils Tower are open....
  • Log #1636 - by Don Larson on Nov 01, 2002
    My wife Susan and I had a memorable stay at Devils Tower Lodge from Friday to Monday, 7/19-22/02. We stayed in the former art studio with windows facing the Tower. Saturday was "play day"...
  • Log #1637 - by Michael Shomsky on Nov 01, 2002
    This isn't a "true" summit entry since we didn't summit this trip but we had such a wonderful experience that I thought I would share it with you all anyway. Please don't be offended by...
  • Log #1638 - by David Larsen on Nov 01, 2002
    Other than training on rock climbing walls in the gym, Devil's Tower the first rock climbing experience for my son and I. We trained for a few months in the gym and were able to handle pitches...
  • Log #1640 - by Dolly Dakota on Nov 01, 2002
    I like taking vacations that involve adventure, physical challenges and new experiences. Earlier this spring I was searching for ideas for my summer vacation when I came across the Devils Tower Lodge...
  • Log #1641 - by Bryce Morgan on Nov 01, 2002
    I had never rocked climbed a day in my life. In fact prior to going to Devils Tower I had never been able to understand the allure of rock climbing. After spending 1 day at the tower & walking...
  • Log #1642 - by Roy Reichle on Nov 01, 2002
    Even though this was my third visit to the Tower, it remains daunting to me; the sheer magnitude represented by its precipitous rise from the surrounding praire and its unfathomable representation of...
  • Log #1643 - by Randy Roberts on Nov 01, 2002
    As it turned out, we arrived at the Tower woefully under prepared. With no rock at home, a year since the last crack was in front of us(and that sandstone), and obligations and projects to finish...
  • Log #1644 - by JOHN WALKER on Nov 01, 2002
    Mike Mcneil and I climbed Mcarthys West Face free at 10.b! A stellar Tower classic that has been on my tick list since I saw Frank Sanders do it in 99. We were the only climbers on the Tower that...
  • Log #1645 - by Marcin Butkiewicz on Nov 01, 2002
    On Friday May 24th we arrived at the Tower making our first steps to Franks house, but he was already climbing, so we decided to do the same. South face of the Tower was crowded so we headed on a...
  • Log #1646 - by jim prokos on Nov 01, 2002
    on sunday night june 02 2002 my friend don and i arrived at devils tower lodge to start a 4 night 3 day climbing vacation. we had no prior rock climbing experience. monday morning our host and guide...
  • Log #1647 - by Virginie Buzan on Nov 01, 2002
    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...
  • Log #1648 - by Todd M. Zorn on Nov 01, 2002
    Walt Bailey:Great route!Lots of finger to fist sized pro. Climbed with John Cathy from Spearfish,and Frank Sanders fom Devils Tower. Beautiful day with great company!!!!!!! Thanks guys!!
  • Log #1649 - by Alicia Sobota on Nov 01, 2002
    Great climb to summit of Devils Tower with Tower Guides
  • Log #1650 - by Casey Delo on Nov 01, 2002
    The crack climbing was incredible on the South Face of Devils Tower. I never thought I would make it, but with Andy's expert help, 30 plus years of climbing experience, patients and encouragement I...
  • Log #1651 - by Gina Wardell on Nov 01, 2002
    What an incredible day! I've never had such a good time climbing with Andy of Above Ouray Ice and Tower Rock Guides at Devils Tower. We did so many routes my arms felt like they were going to fall...
  • Log #1652 - by John Walker on Nov 01, 2002
    I climbed Bonne Homme Horning varaition with Gene Jose of Devils Tower Lodge. It was the "water cooler" climb. This route is fun, take big gear. A standard rack with small to medium...
  • Log #1654 - by Tyler Magee on Nov 01, 2002
    Great Day and great climbing. We did Solar and Bon Homme Var. I couldn't believe the jams and stems. Long pitches too.
  • Log #1655 - by Rebby Lower on Nov 01, 2002
    Durrance is an amazing climb. Lots of different stuff, great views, and fun rappels.
  • Log #1656 - by Dean Davis on Nov 01, 2002
    Cold and windy - but great fun.
  • Log #1657 - by Erick Meehan on Nov 01, 2002
    Cracks and bridging - and sore legs.
  • Log #1658 - by Vince Shafer on Nov 01, 2002
    Durrance is fun - Sunny Day...
  • Log #1659 - by Pam Leventhal on Nov 01, 2002
    Great Summit Day - Great Climb...
  • Log #1660 - by Frank Sanders on Nov 01, 2002
    A big, beautiful Wyoming day, and I was blessed with being able to climb with the amazing Christian Baird from Adventure Sports in Spearfish SD.That man inspires such confidence and boldness in...
  • Log #1661 - by Todd M. Zorn on Nov 01, 2002
    Wiessner: Followed Frank up this wonderfuly strange and twisted route! Climbed this route inside out! A cool expierience with a great view! Thanks Frank!!!
  • Log #1662 - by Todd M. Zorn on Nov 01, 2002
    SOLAR: An absolutly beautiful route!Took lots of hand sized pro. Route was well protected. The sun was out, and the company was absolutly teriffic! Thanks Frank!!!!!!
  • Log #1663 - by Todd M. Zorn on Nov 01, 2002
    climbed Elcrcko. Nice Route! Rated 5.8. Takes fist sized pro. It was very well protected.
  • Log #1664 - by Frank Sanders on Nov 01, 2002
    It was a screaming, beautiful day. The snow is gone. Some warmth has come. Even though we had "arranged" to climb together, my partner did not show.
  • Log #1665 - by Richard Ryan on Nov 01, 2002
    Summitted on the Durrance with the Bailey Direct finish on this cool, crisp April day. Frank Sanders, guide and mountain host extraordinaire, nudged me gently up this challenging and exhilirating...
  • Log #1666 - by will black on Nov 01, 2002
    My son (Drew) and I summited DT via the Durrance route/Bailey Direct on a bright 45 degree afternoon. We stayed 3 nites with Frank Sanders and Gene at the Devil's Tower Lodge, where we received...
  • Log #1667 - by John Walker on Nov 01, 2002
    Topped out for the first time this year by my self on the 12th. Dawn and Curt and I climbed solar then toproped HNV and solar eclipse. Dawn and I topped out today. The crack of noon club climbed the...
  • Log #1668 - by Frank Sanders on Nov 01, 2002
    Climbed a new line on the SouthWest face, with Gene Jose. It is a direct start to Runners World; some Lovely Aiding.It required 20 knifeblades and a couple RURPS.We named it JUST A JOG, rated it A2...
  • Log #1669 - by Andrea Lee Driskill on Nov 01, 2002
    After living at the base of this unique and wonderful piece of God for nearly 16 years, I finally found my way up it's ancient side and to the top! The climb with Frank, Gene, and Dana was my first...
  • Log #1670 - by Frank Sanders on Nov 01, 2002
    Yesterday was another beautiful day on the Tower. Temperatures on the South Face were in the 60's. Watched and cheered as Brian & Janet cruised up Walt Bailey Memorial. Cristian Baird and I...
  • Log #1671 - by Jason Lerch on Nov 01, 2002
    Best for begginer climbers. Fun and what a view when you get to the top
  • Log #1672 - by Eric Sawyer on Nov 01, 2002
    Fellow Climbers, It has taken me way too long to get on this summit log. Yes, it's a summit log, but the REAL one is up there!! Led by "Johnnie Rock" and Gene Jose, my friends Bob...
  • Log #1673 - by john walker on Nov 01, 2002
    I climbed Hollywood and vine with Chad Mason, it was great. This is one of the best routes on the tower that I have climbed. Great pro, light rack, fun moves, super crux. We stashed our gear and 4th...
  • Log #1703 - by Wade Huntington on Nov 01, 2002
    The tower was my second climb ever!! A friend and local climbing guide, John Walker with Black Hills Rock and Ice Climbing Guides, was great and I would recommend him to anyone. Standing on top of...
  • Log #1704 - by John Walker on Nov 01, 2002
    Topped out on the tower with Wade Huntington from Rapid City, SD. A great trip up ElCracko Diablo then to the top through the meadows. There were a lot of people climbing throughout the day. Many...
  • Log #1705 - by Rebecca Lamont on Nov 01, 2002
    Up until last week, I was a gym climber. I had one, very limited experience with outdoor climbing on a very short rock face a few hours outside of Philadelphia, PA. On Monday, August 20, I got the...
  • Log #1706 - by Daniele and Alessandro Struppa on Nov 01, 2002
    My son Alessandro and I climbed the Tower with the guidance of Frank Sanders. We followed the Durrance Route with the Bailey direct finish. We left the parking lot under the Tower at 4.15 am and we...
  • Log #1707 - by Byron E. Johnson on Nov 01, 2002
    The Tower is most impressive and mystical as you experiance climbing. There is a local guide that literally knows the Tower like the back of his hand, Frank Sanders and his assistant Gene. These two...
  • Log #1708 - by Christopher Chuck on Nov 01, 2002
    I reached the summit of Devils Tower on August 20, 2001. It was an amazing experience. My only previous climbing experience was indoors in a rock gym. Our guide, Frank Sanders, was simply the best.
  • Log #1709 - by Jay Stubblefield on Nov 01, 2002
    Ever since I saw Devils Tower the first time, it has been my dream to climb to the top. I was finally able to do it July 25, 2001. I was the first of the day to summit the Durrance Route with Frank...
  • Log #1710 - by Jeff Quinn on Nov 01, 2002
    Sent Sundance. Knock down drag-out tooth and nail fight in a filthy crack. LOVED IT!!
  • Log #1711 - by Kent Morrison on Nov 01, 2002
    Reaching the summit of Devil's Tower was a dream come true. I had wanted to climb the tower for many years. On vacation with my family I decided to make this dream come true. It had been 15 years...
  • Log #1712 - by Christee Koberle on Nov 01, 2002
    Dear Rock Climbers,Bringing myself to this place has been an act of Fate. I Truly was drawn to Devils Tower. Something kept encouraging me to get as close as possible. Doing so has granted me a lot...
  • Log #1713 - by Tarrie and Brad on Nov 01, 2002
    First time at Bear Lodge. Feeling very humble, El Matador sore, and wanting more. The cracks are truly unique- from crack to face to crack again with not much more than a hefty rack of stoppers! Yet,...
  • Log #1714 - by Bob Kurziak on Nov 01, 2002
    Does anybody climb this rock without running into Frank Sannders? First day did the Durrance. No one else except Frank on the route pretending he was Marry Poppins! After some guidence from Frank on...
  • Log #1715 - by glenn jennings on Nov 01, 2002
    june 12 2001 i had the opportunity to travel this country to wyoming and climb devils tower national monument with a true master of his craft frank sanders and partner gene from devils tower lodge...
  • Log #1716 - by schuyler clark on Nov 01, 2002
    durrance w/ direct finish. 5.6???
  • Log #1717 - by Keita Kashiwagi on Nov 01, 2002
    Easy trad is great. Spend lots of time up there and enjoy the view.
  • Log #1718 - by Kristine Kernc on Nov 01, 2002
    "Some folks say I'm a dreamer; but I'm not the only one." I never even imagined I could make it to the top, but I did.
  • Log #1719 - by Jim Entry on Nov 01, 2002
    I have had several climbing classes in the past. I learned more in one day with Frank Sanders than I learned in all the other classes combined. I wnt from climbing 5.6 ratings to 5.
  • Log #1720 - by Ryan Madison on Nov 01, 2002
    Took the easy "Durance" route to the top. It was my first multi pitch climb. Did it in 4 pitches. Combined the first two, then the second two, the 5th, then combined all the rest.
  • Log #1721 - by Charles R. Willcox on Nov 01, 2002
    Climbed via the Durrance route (6 pitches). Although it is only rated 5.7, it seemed harder because it requires a style I wasn't used to. Mostly scissor-lock type climbing.
  • Log #1722 - by Ernie Reinhold on Nov 01, 2002
    I hired Devil's Tower Lodge, Frank Sanders and Gene Jose, as guides to lead me, my 18-year-old son Ethan and a friend, 19-year-old Jens Gade up El Crako Diablo. It was a perfect way to spend Father's...
  • Log #1723 - by Gregory Wall on Nov 01, 2002
    My climbing partner John and I had a perfect day on the Durrance Route: not another soul. Summitting was such a rush! We met Frank Sanders on the summit; what a gracious and friendly individual. He...
  • Log #1724 - by jimmy dixon on Nov 01, 2002
    To day was just another day in paradice. was some of the most best climbs. Soler is just great for a hand jam. So to all Peace Love Freedon live life to the max all day every day.
  • Log #1725 - by Jaap Pierse on Nov 01, 2002
    Wand it, did it and do it again.
  • Log #1726 - by blanc lapierre herve on Nov 01, 2002
    During our 3 weeks holidays in the states, we decided to visit the devils tower. When we hiked the path auround the tower, we was thinking that it's impossible to leave the tower without climbing...
  • Log #1727 - by Craig Viale on Nov 01, 2002
    I climbed with Frank and Gene of the Devil's Tower Lodge. Spent 1/2 day refreshing my "skills". Then summited via the Durrance Route. Altho this is a modest 5.
  • Log #1728 - by John Walker on Nov 01, 2002
    I climbed with my good friend Dawn Glanc. 10 pitches in three days and I was worked. We climbed Mystic and the Mulchers 5.8, McCarthys North Face 1st pitch 5.
  • Log #1732 - by Mike Sandford on Nov 01, 2002
    Having never climbed a stone or pebble in my life, climbing Devils Tower was a challenge that I went into completely blind. Thank God the man that got me interested in climbing it was Frank Sanders....
  • Log #1733 - by Darcie Mckeown on Nov 01, 2002
    well today was unlike anything I have ever done. I didnt make it to far but I think I did what I could today. I was really nervous and I think I let it get the best of me, but NEXT time I hope to...
  • Log #1737 - by Damon Gonzalez on Nov 01, 2002
    On May 13, 2001, My friend Sean and I woke up at 4:30am to climb Devil's Tower. We had never done anything more than boldering or climbing in a rock gym, but had the urge to go up the full 856 wall...
  • Log #1738 - by Frank Sanders on Nov 01, 2002
    An absolutely, perfect, Wyoming day!!! The breeze blew the clouds around as I guided our "Women On The Rocks" class. Pam and Darla spent all day amazing themselve, and me, with their grace,...
  • Log #1740 - by Sean Youtsey on Nov 01, 2002
    What an experience!!!! My friend and I were on a vacation in South Dakota and Wyoming and came upon Devils Tower. When we saw it, we immediately knew we had to climb it. Went to visitor's center and...
  • Log #1747 - by John Walker on Nov 01, 2002
    Dawn and I climbed the Durrance route to the top. This route the trade route and has been polished. It was a beautiful day to climb the Tower is the best. John Walker
  • Log #1757 - by Paul Addison on Nov 01, 2002
    This was my first time climbing at The Tower. It was amazing climbing every day we were here (5/7 - 5/9). But even greater was the generosity that Frank Sanders of the Devil's Tower Lodge showed us....
  • Log #1758 - by Dean Lehmkuhler on Nov 01, 2002
    Just as many of you will no doubt aspire to, I came to Devils Tower to meet some friends and climb hard and maybe have a little fun in the process. I was just told to meet my friends at the Visitors...
  • Log #1759 - by Dustin Clements on Nov 01, 2002
    We had a wonderful stay here at Devils Tower. I would especially like to thank Frank at the Devils Tower Lodge, for all the support, beta, and hospitality that he provided to us. We climbed Durrance...
  • Log #1760 - by Kris Linstrom on Nov 01, 2002
    We had the liberty of staying with Frank for 3 days, the hospitality of was unending, just as the climb time on the Tower. We knocked off Durrance, Walt Bailey, and El Cracko Diablo. It is definitely...