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Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 24, 2007 - 01:58am PT
Wonder if we can get to 100;........Here's #1 to get things started.....

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Sep 24, 2007 - 03:00am PT
I can support this thread for sure...



Climbers in Prescott, AZ may know the guy on the right as the crotchety, tough as a bull, retiree climber that lives in the Dells in winter.



whoa snap edit - check out that harness folks. real live swheeeenard sit harness stylee! Vaurnets? oh jeebus. rad gear sling too!
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Sep 24, 2007 - 09:16am PT
Natalie 2006
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Sep 24, 2007 - 09:18am PT
Chasbro and Chris Blumsden 1983

Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Sep 24, 2007 - 09:22am PT
I'm sure this guy has 100 summit photos of his own, if we can get him to post;



... what restraint ...

cool gear sling, where do you buy one like that?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Sep 24, 2007 - 10:10am PT
1974

mpandy

Trad climber
Jackson Hole, WY
Sep 24, 2007 - 10:24am PT
What an awesome picture of Frank!
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Sep 24, 2007 - 10:50am PT
Cool thread idea, and shot of Frank!







The brothers
May 2003
Floridaputz

Trad climber
Oakland Park Florida
Sep 24, 2007 - 11:15am PT


Tory Stemph and old sign "No Climbing above this point" 1976
thedogfather

climber
Midwest
Sep 24, 2007 - 11:51am PT
Memorial day 2006 and we had the tower to ourselves for 3 pitches of Durrance and were alone on top.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Sep 24, 2007 - 12:33pm PT
With Chris Blackman in '95/96, after an ascent of Direct Southwest, a route freed by Henry Barber:

malabarista

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Sep 24, 2007 - 01:32pm PT
8/2004

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imnotclever

climber
Sep 24, 2007 - 02:06pm PT

look at the rookies.
Dick_Lugar

Trad climber
Indiana
Sep 24, 2007 - 03:06pm PT


They'll let anybody on the Tower! Hey Jaybro, had the pleasure of climbing alongside FS a couple times...I love his one hand belay technique, carefully coveting a cig in the other!

Summit note: My partner and I did (Wiessner 5.7). Fritz Wiessner did the FA in '37 I believe with a hemp rope and shoes, hip belay, and placed only one piece: a piton at the end of the first pitch (100 + ft. or so). I only had one #5 cam and didn't feel comfy walking it up, so chose Pseudo-Weissner (5.8) as an alternative since it took all kinds of gear. I gained alot of respect for him that day. Anyway, fun climb, nostalgic and is a nice alternative if "Durrance" has a waiting line.

Climbers: Gabe(?), Bryce Mithchell, Dick Lugar, Tim Henke
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Sep 24, 2007 - 07:13pm PT
1990



1978


Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Sep 24, 2007 - 07:38pm PT
What a positive, good times, inciteful troll, that gordon guy is!

Nice, all! got a video coming after class tonight.

Roy-medial epicondylitis? (or complications after too few gloves iceclimbing @ Lee Vining? kidding)

Lugar, know what you mean, but I'll still put the Colonel on the least likely to drop someone list; he's saved my life! ... now second hand smoke... he does provide me dead mammal free comestibles when I visit, however. In your photo which one are you?


Dick_Lugar

Trad climber
Indiana
Sep 24, 2007 - 07:42pm PT
Jaybro...I'm the best lookin' one, with the tennis elbow! BTW...I was at the Voo over Labor Day, off the couch, got spanked leading a 5.7- handcrack...very humbling indeed. I may have to train for the next year's Bugaloo fest, sounds fun!
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Sep 24, 2007 - 07:43pm PT
I thought so! ("the best looking one") is that a pirate, thing?

JasonMLawson

Trad climber
Moscow, Idaho
Sep 24, 2007 - 07:44pm PT




Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Sep 24, 2007 - 09:17pm PT
At the time Jay,
When dinosaurs roamed the earth, or so it seemed, and 5.11 was still cotton candy, it was lateral epicondylitis.

Now it's medial, radial, lateral, and cerebral, with chronic muscle fatigue thrown in as a topper!
(Never got over the cold hands either; now it's cold hands, feet, crotch, nose, all require mucho insulation...)

Jeebus, my p#ssy hurts.
ah!...hahahaha.
ghand

Sport climber
Golden,Colorado
Sep 24, 2007 - 09:48pm PT
June 1970: in a few hours while rappelling we were caught in a hail/lightning storm.


June 1971: I am in red. I was supposed to be at my graduation from U of Minn.
Dick_Lugar

Trad climber
Indiana
Sep 24, 2007 - 10:13pm PT
Sweet Ghand! That's awesome that The Village People climb too! I did not know that.

Jaybro..I thought the same thing after I posted that pic, I believe we started the international "Climb as a Pirate Day!" in '98.
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Sep 24, 2007 - 10:43pm PT
Oct 28, 2006




Larry

Trad climber
Bisbee
Sep 24, 2007 - 11:45pm PT
Climbing at the Tower used to be highly regulated.

The "No Climbing Above This Point" sign was erected by the Park Service on the approach to the Durrance.

Certain Wyomingites helped the sign make its way to the summit.

The summit is also a good place to observe that the state's population of cottonwood trees, which depends on occasional flooding to sprout its seeds, is now overly "mature."
le_bruce

climber
Oakland: what's not to love?
Sep 24, 2007 - 11:50pm PT
Nice thread, nice photos.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Sep 25, 2007 - 12:43am PT
I Can See For Miles

I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

If you think that I don't know about the little tricks you've played
And never see you when deliberately you put things in my way

Well, here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Beacuse all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

You took advantage of my trust in you when I was so far away
I saw you holding lots of other guys and now you've got the nerve to say

That you still want me
Well, that's as may be
But you gotta stand trial
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

The Devil's Tower and the Taj Mahal are mine to see on clear days
You thought that I would need a crystal ball to see right through the haze

Well, here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Beacuse all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
and miles and miles and miles and miles

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
Dick_Lugar

Trad climber
Indiana
Sep 25, 2007 - 01:12am PT
Oh man Munge...you caught me off-guard, tire and loopy, but I wrote a poem about the Tower one trip a few summers ago, so here it is for high cheese value:

Bosom of the Gods

The Tower of the Devil,
It stands erect and steadfast
Protuding right above mother earth's navel
Like an aroused nipple thrusting towards
The mouths of the gods

At night from my campsight,
As I sit pondering my senescence
The full moon appears on the horizon
Illuminating it with its light
As I sit and stare and envision my ascent

I see the crack that before me lies
I instantly see how life is a crack in disguise
The night grows long, the light fades from my eyes
Sleep comes over me with little resistance,
And I dream, I dream of her until sunrise.

Freud would love this one!



Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Sep 25, 2007 - 02:15am PT
27 posts and no handstand photo... I think it's on the back of an "NA Climber," ah, to align my library with my scanner..

Larry, you must have a photo for this thread.

Moscow Jason, I'm not even going to conjecture why you two were up there with your harnesses off.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Sep 25, 2007 - 03:04am PT
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Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Sep 25, 2007 - 09:18am PT
Somebody with time on their hands could put photos in chrono order to chart the wearing-down of that "No climbing above this point" sign.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Sep 25, 2007 - 05:42pm PT
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Sep 25, 2007 - 06:16pm PT
Reminds me of Richard Dreyfus' compulsions in Close Encounters.
Chazbro

Social climber
Gillette, Wyoming
Sep 25, 2007 - 10:15pm PT
Great shots! That shot of Chris and i from 1983 brings it back jaybro... We did Belle Fourche Buttress as I recall.... let's see what I can find in the slide collection ....
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Sep 25, 2007 - 10:15pm PT
rad drawing jaybro!


lug, heh. we write strange things on strange trips.


cheers,
M
shogun

Trad climber
MSP, MN
Sep 26, 2007 - 12:34am PT

Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Sep 26, 2007 - 01:22am PT
Now we're talkin!!!
Shogun: that is superb.
Dick_Lugar

Trad climber
Indiana
Sep 26, 2007 - 10:10am PT
Shogun's sho got style! Nice threesome!
shogun

Trad climber
Saint Paul, MN
Sep 28, 2007 - 07:25pm PT
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Sep 28, 2007 - 08:45pm PT
Ha Ha!
This picture is an homage to Frazetta:







nick d

Trad climber
nm
Sep 28, 2007 - 09:46pm PT
I've never been there, but I did have this shot from my magazine collection.

Michael

Decko

Trad climber
Colorado
Sep 29, 2007 - 12:29am PT
Julie on top about 10 days ago.....


Dick_Lugar

Trad climber
Indiana
Sep 29, 2007 - 12:09pm PT
You called it Tarbuster, that's a nice homage to Frazetta.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 3, 2007 - 12:29pm PT
George Hopkins style-bump,

On October 2, 1941 (66 yrs ago yesterday) George parachuted on to the tower.

The ensuing rescue resulted in the FA of the Durrance rte ( I think
Shingle

climber
Oct 3, 2007 - 02:07pm PT
From TIME - 1941:

In northeast Wyoming, near Sundance, one day last week, Parachutist George Hopkins leaped out of an airplane to win a $50 bet. The problem was to collect. For George Hopkins landed, as the bet prescribed, on Devil's Tower. A lava blister, formed by an eruption 20,000,000 years ago, Devil's Tower is a gigantic rock stump rising 1,200 feet into the sky. Teddy Roosevelt made it the country's first national monument. Its weathered sides are fluted, nearly vertical, practically unscalable.

While a crowd held its breath and stared, Hopkins tried to lower himself on a length of rope which had been dropped to him from an airplane. When his foot slipped, he clambered fearfully back. The rope was too short, anyhow. National Park Service officials, who had been sending instructions via plane, ordered him to stay where he was, wait until they could think of something. Hopkins resigned himself to spending the night there. Park Service mountain climbers tried to get up, failed. Planes dropped food, blankets, wood for a fire, whiskey, a megaphone, which Hopkins used to screech out a request for some funny papers.

Several days went by. Officials considered using helicopters, blimps. The climbers had another try. failed. Said one official sourly: "We hate to jeopardize the lives of our men for a stunt that someone thought was smart."

From New York Jack Durrance* and Merrill McLane, ace Dartmouth College mountain climbers, started for Wyoming by airplane. Durrance said that he had scaled the Tower in 1936, thought he could do it again. With Paul Petzoldt, a veteran of Himalayan climbs, and five other men, Durrance and McLane inched their way up the Tower's sides, driving iron spikes ("pitons") into its hard, sheer sides to make a ladder. They reached the summit, roped little George Hopkins into the middle of their column, and carefully edged their way back down again. Safe on the ground, Hopkins drew a grateful breath, departed to collect his bet.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 3, 2007 - 08:04pm PT
I'd say equal parts Frazeta / Boris Vallejo; neither one a slouch.

Thanks Nick D that IS what I'm talking about!

-thanks shingle! - imagine if they had used blimps! holy futurama!

The george hopkins photo is more elusive than I thought, even though it's at the tower vc in large, in various books, etc. My copy is two hundred miles away from my scanner. Somebody out there please help!
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Oct 3, 2007 - 08:30pm PT
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 3, 2007 - 08:34pm PT
Dang, Tom, that's the one I tried to post... maybe it was the weird filters @ work, I could see it, though.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Oct 3, 2007 - 09:01pm PT
Good call on the Vallejo Jay:

Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 3, 2007 - 09:15pm PT
is that Leroy or Raypole?


I can't find the george hopkins summit photo. the one taken when JD, fritz, petz(?) etal arrived and found him ensconced in his chute, happy as a clam
Shingle

climber
Oct 4, 2007 - 08:54am PT
Its a great story, but here is an account of the 1893 ascent:

The best-known early event was the 4th of July celebration held at the Tower in 1893. According to the handbill circulated for the occasion, the principal speakers were N. K. Griggs of Beatrice, Nebraska, and Col. William R. Steele of Deadwood, South Dakota. The handbill announced "There will be plenty to Eat and Drink on the Grounds;" "Lots of Hay and Grain for Horses;" and, "Dancing Day and Night." It also stated "Perfect order will be maintained." The feature attraction, however, of the day was to be the first climbing of the Tower by William Rogers, a local rancher. The event was apparently given wide publicity.

Rogers made elaborate preparations for the big event. With the assistance of Willard Ripley, another local rancher, he prepared a 350-foot ladder to the summit of the Tower. This was accomplished by driving pegs, out from native oak, ash and willow, 24 to 30 inches in length and sharpened on one end, into a continuous vertical crack found between the two columns on the southeast side of the giant formation. The pegs were then braced and secured to each other by a continuous wooden strip to which the outer end of each peg was fastened. Before making the exhibition ascent, the men took a 12-foot flagpole to the top and planted it into the ground. The building of the ladder by Rogers and Ripley was an undertaking perhaps more hazardous than the climbing of the Tower itself.

People came for a distance from 100 to 125 miles to witness the first formal ascent of the Tower. The more conservative estimates are that about 1,000 people came by horseback, wagon and buckboard to see the spectacular feat. For most of them it was a trip requiring several days of tedious travel over rough and dusty trails. Rogers began his ascent following proper ceremonies which included an invocation. After climbing for about an hour, he reached the top Amid much cheering from the many open-mouthed spectators some 865 feet below, he unfurled an American flag, which had been specially made for the occasion, from the flagpole. Devils Tower had at last been conquered in the full view of an assembled throng. During the afternoon, a gust of wind tore the flag loose and it drifted down to the base of the Tower. Here the promoters tore it up and sold the pieces for souvenirs.

Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 4, 2007 - 10:04am PT
all props to drunken ranchers, that had to have been the wildest ascent of all!
Dick_Lugar

Trad climber
Indiana
Oct 4, 2007 - 02:15pm PT
I'm just wondering out loud...do any of you think a native american ever climbed Devil's Tower, since it was significant landmark to them, prior to the 1893 ascen?. There must of been some restless youth or some rite of passage that made someone climb it, you know..."I dare you, I double dare you.". Now whether they were able to downclimb is another story. I've wondered the same about other famous climbs in N.A...Grand Teton, McKinley, Whitney, Shasta..etc. Just curious.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 4, 2007 - 02:57pm PT
Who knows, but I'd guess no. Footwear would be an issue. Though there would have been those that could solo one of the weissner's or Durrance and slog up to the top from the meadows. Though they would have to downclimb the ascent route.
I bet if one did it, he dragged a bunch of his buddies up there.

I'm sure 'those guys' climbed Shasta & Whitney prior to recorded history.
Dick_Lugar

Trad climber
Indiana
Oct 4, 2007 - 03:23pm PT
Yeah J-bro...I'm sure those guys did on climbs that had a relatively easier way up than the Tower. I just saw where Nike came out with a specially designed shoe for native americans...the "Native N7". NA's supposedly, on the average, have a wider forefoot than their typical consumers. I wider forefoot may be condusive to OW jamming on the Tower...intriguing!
Shingle

climber
Oct 4, 2007 - 04:52pm PT
I would be very surprised if they never tried this in 10,000 years before the white man came here. You know that the ancient SW peoples were phenomenal climbers of desert cliffs (and no doubt sandstone towers as well). In fact, it would be a surprise if a number of desert towers were not done before recorded history (well before our modern FAs).
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 4, 2007 - 04:57pm PT
Agreed, but still, I'm betting they didn't get up (and then down climb) Moses.

The southwestern types were, known for chipping holds though. But to put it in perspective, I think it's easier on the earth to carve toeholds for 'middleaged,' 17-yr old dowagers, to ascend to Mesa verde with five gallon, clay, water jugs on their heads than to build virtually any, modern, offramp.

Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Oct 9, 2007 - 01:40pm PT
John, Tracy & lunch.

Damian C

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 11, 2007 - 01:48am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 23, 2012 - 01:59am PT
Einstein was right!

I needed to bump this thread.

I couldn't resist. Don't know why, just had to.

Eintein's probably one of them!

Credit: mouse from out in space
"This is not the lost alien you are looking for."

Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nov 23, 2012 - 09:17am PT
Me and my guide, Felipe (left), after a successful early-morni...
Me and my guide, Felipe (left), after a successful early-morning ascent via El Cracko Diablo (7/15/12)
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

One of the best experiences of my life was staying at the Devils Tower Lodge with my wife, and climbing with Frank's guide Felipe.

I'd love to go back some day and lead that climb.

Such good memories.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 23, 2012 - 10:13am PT
Good to see this one back up!

Some guy who has climbed there a bunch
Credit: Jaybro
The summit July '11 Extended Weissner solo ascent http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Devils-Tower-The-Extended-Weissner-5-8-solo/t11077n.html
Credit: Jaybro
Credit: Jaybro
With the Missouri Buttes singing backup
Credit: Jaybro
Gary Carpenter y yo on top after a Bonne home var. ascent August '11
Credit: Jaybro


For reference with some summit shots;

http://www.supertopo.com/tr/A-Deto-first-time/t390n.html
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 23, 2012 - 12:23pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
This is what the parachitist who got marooned for five days (his name is Bozo the Hardy) saw as he jumped.
The top photo reminds me of a wooly mammoth trying to hide from someth...
The top photo reminds me of a wooly mammoth trying to hide from something. Afraid of bears?
Credit: mouse from merced
And ancient page from Mountain, which year, I guess the expert local climbers would know--though there are apparently it is not PC to be "local climbers" in National Parks and Monuments, according to many.

Clue:
"The Window--((A4) This is the hardest aid route at DT. It was pioneedred by RR in 1964 and was repeated for the first time last July."
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 23, 2012 - 12:37pm PT
Even Stanley Kubrick and Speilberg had to start someplace. Good views, but no summit.

Which route is this filmed on?
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 23, 2012 - 10:37pm PT
Bonhomme kludge variation, Mouse.

For an interesting time you won't forget, after you watch the above video, click 'done' and you see a selection of related videos before you. the one to the immediate right,"climbing Devils Tower with Frank Sanders" is a click into an introduction to one of the most unique of he many eccentric individual people in our paradigm of eccentricity.

Enter at our own peril; I first met him at the tower in '76, I've climbed five el cap routes with him, a bunch of other walls, and shared uncountable other life experiences with him as well. But you want to be on your game. Maybe at Xmas we'll actually climb the tower together....
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