Trip Report
Close encounters of the 5th grade kind.
Monday April 2, 2012 8:41pm
Credit: mike m
This is Jack here.On saturday I climbed devils tower.
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This is me climbing the bowling alley leading up to the leaning pillar pitch.
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I am in the red helmet, my dads friend Keith is in the white, and his son Rowan is in the grey. We all waited as my dad lead to the bottom of pitch 2. They waited for us for about 4 hours as we toped out and came down.
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This is me stemming the leaning pillar, it was fun, but hard.
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This is a piton probably left by Durrance on his 1st climb of this route.
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This is me on the crux of the route this was my routine;move my leg, grunt, move my hand, grunt, foot, grunt, for 80 feet.
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This is me just past the jump tra verse. We climbed with people frm Canada.
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The veiw is awesome from 550 feet up.
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This is my dad and me on top after my first summiting of devil's tower.
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This all four of us in front of the tower.

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mike m is a trad climber from black hills.O

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Social climber
CHC, en zed
  Apr 2, 2012 - 08:51pm PT

Thanks for posting up. Appreciate climbing content, especially by tomorrow's rope guns.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Apr 2, 2012 - 08:55pm PT
Excellent trip report. Great pictures and some tough climbing. Way to up more on your next outing!


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Apr 2, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
Oh yeah, way to go Jack!

Pretty cool up there, isn't it!

lawrence kansas
  Apr 2, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
Awesome! Looks like you got jamming and stemming dialed! Looking forward to your next tr. Thanks!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
  Apr 2, 2012 - 09:04pm PT

How awesome is that???


  Apr 2, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
How darling is that!


Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
  Apr 2, 2012 - 09:31pm PT
Way to go lads..............keep on climbing on..........

Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Apr 2, 2012 - 10:57pm PT
Good times!

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
  Apr 2, 2012 - 11:05pm PT
Awesome Jack!!!
My hat is off to you for being a HARDMAN, err I mean HARDBOY!!!!!!!


Pretty soon you will be climbing harder than your Dad.

  Apr 2, 2012 - 11:07pm PT
Good adventure, fellows.
Big Mike

Trad climber
  Apr 3, 2012 - 12:08am PT
Nice work Jack! Killing it!
Mighty Hiker

Outside the Asylum
  Apr 3, 2012 - 01:37am PT
TFPUAC - it reminds me of adventures I had with my father, around that age. Not climbing, but hiking and camping and snowshoeing.

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Apr 3, 2012 - 03:07am PT
awesome job!

Beat me by a couple years. I did it when I was a young teenager via El Cracko.


some eastside hovel
  Apr 3, 2012 - 05:45am PT
Noyce!!Thing scared me and I'm 800 years old.Good work!

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
  Apr 3, 2012 - 10:21am PT
Awesome! Excellent work Jack - thanks for the TR.

Trad climber
  Apr 3, 2012 - 05:38pm PT
Love it! Great to see parents out with their kids doing what they love.

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Apr 3, 2012 - 06:06pm PT
Awesome! Good report Jack.

  Apr 3, 2012 - 07:53pm PT
Climbing with your kids, it doesn't get any better than that.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Apr 3, 2012 - 10:54pm PT
Thanks for all of the nice comments. I was not sure he was ready but as there was a very small croud we decided to go for it. Nothing is better than doing this stuff with people you care about no matter the grade. I will not forget this day. I took him to the tower when he was two days old and 11 years later we stood on top. It would not have been the end of the world if we would not have done it but it was really fun when we did do it. This with good friends and people we just met.

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Apr 3, 2012 - 11:13pm PT

Thanks for a good trip report!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Jul 4, 2012 - 01:49am PT
Jack here im out in the needles today and tomorrow with my dad and uncle. Tomorrow were aiming for spire 2. Ill put up a tr as a sequel to my spire 4 tr a couple years back

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Jul 4, 2012 - 01:57am PT
We'll be waiting to read it. Say hi to your dad and uncle from me.

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
  Jul 4, 2012 - 02:38am PT
Great job and great to see what it actually looks like. That's a climb I've always wanted to do. Please keep posting posting up your trip reports!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 30, 2012 - 09:32am PT
Bumping my tr to the top of the list
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Nov 30, 2012 - 09:59am PT
Climbing with your son, PRICELESS!

Trad climber
  Nov 30, 2012 - 10:07am PT
Jack, you're the man! And way to go, Dad! Thanks for this TR!

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Nov 30, 2012 - 10:07am PT
Sweet Mike....that's what dads are all about!

The Granite State.
  Nov 30, 2012 - 10:50am PT
Heck yeah Jack!

Way to get after it dude!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Jan 20, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
For my tr

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
  Jan 20, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Nice TR. Fun seeing it again.

  Jan 21, 2013 - 02:04am PT
Hey Jack, thanks for the bump. I missed this one before! Very cool!

Social climber
  Jan 21, 2013 - 05:41am PT
hey there say, jack! and mike m....

thanks for the really sweet trip report...

done with a caring heart, for sure...
well done, jack...

time well spent, mike m, :)

god bless to you both!

Trad climber
West Slope of Powell Butte, Portland, Oregon, USA
  Jan 21, 2013 - 11:32am PT
Awesome. Great job on the trip report and good on you getting up the tower! That one is on my list.

I took my son up his first multi pitch at Beacon Rock. It has to be one of the greatest climbs ever. For him and me.

Here is the TR of that trip:

You must have one proud dad.


Cardiff by the sea
  Jan 21, 2013 - 11:53am PT
That was Killer Jack! Thanks for sharing some Sick climbing with us.
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
  Jan 21, 2013 - 12:32pm PT
Good stuff, that was the route we did back in the 60s. There was a sign on the top, "No climbing above this point". Is that still there?
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
  Jan 21, 2013 - 12:42pm PT

Social climber
  Jan 21, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
Great trip report Jack. Post more like it through your Dad's account.

A sidebar: I am one of the people who think you ought to wait for some years before having your own StupidTorpor account. This site isn't a nice place at times ; people are downright mean & stupid. In many ways the worst behaviour people have to offer shows up in online forums.

Best is for you to get out there and have fabulous adventures then share'em with a trip report. Getting out into the wild - however you define that - will be something you return to again and again as you get older.....much older :-). This forum is goofy; real adventures with your folks and friends are where it's at.

Cheers, Tami Knight, Vancouver, Canada

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Jan 21, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
Thanks for the wonderful TR, and to those who bumped this. Tim Schiller, my main climbing partner for 45 years, and I took our daughters, both 10-years-old at the time, (i.e., fifth grade age) on their first multi-pitch climb 15 years ago. It took a while (like about 13 years), but my daughter returned to lead that climb, because it made a lasting impression on her.

I hope you and your friend get to enjoy climbing with your children as much as I have enjoyed climbing with mine.

Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Jan 21, 2013 - 04:15pm PT
Pretty cool. TYFP!

Trad climber
Northern California
  Jan 21, 2013 - 04:20pm PT
Thanks for posting up! Those views looks amazing! One day...

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
  Jan 21, 2013 - 04:32pm PT

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Jan 21, 2013 - 06:24pm PT
A good day!

Mountain climber
The Ocean
  Jan 23, 2013 - 11:48am PT
Great climb! Big Grats!

Devils tower is the first vertical mountain I remember inspiring me to want to climb it when I was about 6 or 7. My dad had a picture of it. We drove by it on a road trip a couple years later. I was impressed.. it was much bigger than it looked in the picture. Dad asked me if I still wanted to climb it..

Yeah but it's too big for me I told him. So we hiked around it. Great memory of time with dad.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Jan 27, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
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Took the kids for a end of January camping trip. It was in the mid 50's both days and got to boulder for two days.

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Jan 27, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
move my leg, grunt, move my hand, grunt, foot, grunt

Love it, sounds like every time I climb! TFPU
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Feb 24, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
bump for my tr to the top of the list
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
  Feb 24, 2013 - 10:17pm PT
Nice Job, Dude. And a very nice Trip Report. What you did is what life is made up of. Now you have a huge head start on the rest of your world.

Hope you post up more trip reports. Cheers to you! lynnie

Mountain climber
Ljubljana, Slovenia
  Feb 25, 2013 - 01:13am PT
This is a very nice report. Thanks For Posting Up, Jack!

Trad climber
  Feb 25, 2013 - 01:20am PT
Nice job. TFPU

  Feb 25, 2013 - 01:45am PT
i really enjoy your trip reports, jack. hope to see more of your adventures with your dad on here.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Jun 1, 2013 - 06:44pm PT
Went to Nemo today to look around, but couldn't do much since I got a badly sprained ankle playing baseball, feels pretty good now, but am not supposed to bend my able in the way climbing and hiking I am stuck in a clunky support boot for 4 more Weeks, I've had it for 2 already.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Jun 2, 2013 - 02:22pm PT
Way rad
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
  Jun 2, 2013 - 05:26pm PT
Lynnie, did you say he had a huge head after bagging the Tower?

He seems pretty humble to me.

Yuk yuk.

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