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Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Jun 25, 2012 - 01:34am PT
Great thread topic!

An early multipitch route for me following my uncle and his climbing partner on El Cracko Diablo... with a pack on. Hotter than hades, even in the shade.

Amazing location. I clearly recall doggin my way up on the follow. But on top I was blown away at the age of 16. Clearly that trip solidified my continuous life long pursuit.

Later on that same trip we climbed near the Outlets at Sylvan Lake.

Now many many years, later, I'm heading back to the Black Hills next week. Perhaps with a stop at DETO to look around. Prolly gunna be hot.





mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jun 25, 2012 - 09:50am PT
102 in the shade on Tuesday.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 25, 2012 - 11:55am PT
But it's a surprisingly humid heat!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Jun 25, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
Yep, that is definitely warm.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jun 25, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
I've only done the Durrance Route, way BITD.

The pictures of El Matador are pretty impressive. That stem box would require me about 2 yrs worth of yoga for preparation! There's a pretty sweet pic of Brassnuts doing a way wide, no hands stem on MP.com
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jun 25, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
I will buy 6 pack for anyone who redpoints el mat at 4pm on Tuesday.
Nohea

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Jun 28, 2012 - 10:13pm PT
A long time goal of mine. I bought a sheet of postal stamps on eBay a few years back and decided I would frame and hang AFTER I climbed the stone. Sadly they still sit in e library waiting for me to slug my asss up there. As always, another great thread, thanks Steve.

Aloha,
Will
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 28, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
When are you gonna be there Munge?
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jun 28, 2012 - 10:48pm PT
serious question..how often does DT get free soloed?
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 28, 2012 - 10:52pm PT
Often
Todd Skinner onsight soloed McCarthy West free variation ( he asked me beforehand if i thought that was a good idea and I advised against it!)
Henry Barber third classed Hollywood and vine on sight
Jim Beyer put up a new aid route solo and was arrested for not registering.
Who knows how many times Dingus has soloed it?
I would bet the colonel has soloed it more times than I've climbed it (98)
I soloed it four times in four hours once in the seventies or eighties, a then record.
I soloed one of the weisseners last August (see trip reports)

S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jun 28, 2012 - 10:56pm PT
durrance?
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 28, 2012 - 11:13pm PT
That time was bon homme ( dragging 2 ropes, to fix the rappels) Tad, Walt Baley, and El cracko.

I have soloed Durrance twice. Also all the weisseners, Soler, Gooseberry Jam and Patent Pending
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jun 28, 2012 - 11:24pm PT
bad ass!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 19, 2012 - 08:19pm PT
Another delightful addition to early Devil's Tower history from Life magazine 1956.








Classic material including an early FA!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 19, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
This man, seen here @ The Vedauwoo sushifest put up 53 of the aprox 150 rtes there, or something like that.


Dingus McGee / Dennis Horning
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 19, 2012 - 10:13pm PT
Not to leave out Hollis, the first pioneer woman!
Brent Mattix

Trad climber
Roseville, CA
Aug 19, 2012 - 10:39pm PT
Steve - Thanks for all the history lessons throughout ST. Love seeing from where we come. Devil's Tower is an awesome place to climb! Keep the lessons coming.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 19, 2012 - 11:44pm PT
Hollis is also a Wyoming state botanist emeritus!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2012 - 12:15am PT
I just tried in vain to see if the G-men got credit for their FA in the old original guidebook by those two and where they might have gone up such a clean crack! Can't put my hands on it right now.

If you would squeeze the wheeze for me brother Jaybro I would gladly trade you two ears of corn...cuz its a butte!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 20, 2012 - 12:33am PT
G men? Gardner and Guilimette? Got their book in front of me right now. What am I looking for? "Rangers are people/perverts too"?

Btw Steve, while you're I wanted to tell ya. We missed you at the Vedauwoo Sushifest. Independantly, both Blitzo and Grug, at seperate times in one night went off in foreign riffs, I think only Ed and I were following it!
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