Trip Report
Devil's Tower Photos over the last couple of weekends
Sunday September 12, 2010 11:35pm
The Greenies were out in force on Labor Day weekend, but we had the whole west face to ourselves today.
Someone getting after it on the hardest 5.9 I have ever been on.  The ...
Someone getting after it on the hardest 5.9 I have ever been on. The third pitch of Tugey Wood
Credit: mike m
Goldberry Jam 5.9
Goldberry Jam 5.9
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McCarthy North Face 5.11
McCarthy North Face 5.11
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Ne Wave 10a
Ne Wave 10a
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Back to Montana 10d
Back to Montana 10d
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Veiw of Hollow Men 12c looks like it needed a little gargening and som...
Veiw of Hollow Men 12c looks like it needed a little gargening and someone with about 5 sets of RP's
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Everlasting Column 10c
Everlasting Column 10c
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The vultures were out thinking they were going to get fed with all tha...
The vultures were out thinking they were going to get fed with all that meat waiting to just fall of the tower
Credit: mike m
1st pitch of One Way Sunset 10c
1st pitch of One Way Sunset 10c
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More One Way Sunset
More One Way Sunset
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Second Pitch of One Way Sunset 5.9 Now my favorite hand crack of the t...
Second Pitch of One Way Sunset 5.9 Now my favorite hand crack of the tower. Felt like 10a at the creek
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Looking down on the crux of the first pitch of One Way Sunset one swee...
Looking down on the crux of the first pitch of One Way Sunset one sweet ass section of fingers
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Porkchop_express

Trad climber
Springdale, UT
  Sep 12, 2010 - 11:36pm PT
very cool! love DT--thanks for sharing that!
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
  Sep 12, 2010 - 11:45pm PT
Very cool. I have to get out there. Thanks for the shots. They make the supertopo worthwhile.
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
  Sep 12, 2010 - 11:48pm PT
Yeah, baby! Great pictures!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Sep 12, 2010 - 11:53pm PT
Nice stuff!
Man, I wish I hadn't missed the tower this year.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Sep 12, 2010 - 11:56pm PT
Fall is the time to get out here with very stable weather, the tourists and everyone else is gone, and around 250 routes up to 500ft long in about a one mile circumference.
Tulgey Wood ont the Left and El Matador on the right.
Tulgey Wood ont the Left and El Matador on the right.
Credit: mike m
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
  Sep 12, 2010 - 11:58pm PT
Yes! Thanks for sharing! Those tower crack climbs are real crack climbs.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
  Sep 13, 2010 - 12:02am PT
Very cool! Thanks for taking the time to share.

Did you see BrassNuts out there? He's been there for a few days with a friend. Funny thing is he mentioned all the turkey vultures too. Must be a cool sight!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Boise, ID
  Sep 13, 2010 - 12:03am PT
Seriously bitchen.
Looks like a blast was had, for sure.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Sep 13, 2010 - 12:10am PT
I didn't see another climber today on the West Face, but last week we hung with a group of 20 Coloradans and met a couple of others from there in the parking lot. Hard to believe ther was no one of the West face on such a splitter day. Temps were around 80 and it kind of got warm when the sun came around. I know there were several groups on the south face today. It was good to see some seldom done classics getting done last week like Gooseberry Jam I have never seen anyone on it before. I definately need to get out and do that.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
  Sep 13, 2010 - 12:13am PT
Great pictures! I need to get back up to the Tower after getting stronger again! Probably next Spring. On my To do list: Cracko Diablo, Soler, New Wave, and Walt Bailey Memorial.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
  Sep 13, 2010 - 12:14am PT
Waaaa. I wanna go!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Boise, ID
  Sep 13, 2010 - 12:15am PT
Me, too.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  Sep 13, 2010 - 12:23am PT
hey there say, mike.... man oh man, this is some kind of rock... :)

neat pics! ... i like the vultures, too... :)

say, also, have you posted many climbing pics from blackhills?, as it list you as being from there... just curious...

thanks so much and god bless...
:)
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Sep 13, 2010 - 12:48am PT
Yeah Neebee I do a lot of climbing in the Needles, but the tower is only about an hour from my home in Spearfish. The last several years I have been hitting up the needles more but I am finally getting back in the kind of shape I want to be in to do a lot of the Tower classics and hopefully start getting some that had eluded me back in the day. Today I did the second pitch of One Way Sunset and it had been well over a decade since I the other time I had done it. I think my hand crack technique has improved as I remembered it being desparate back them but it was nothing but fun today. Here is a link to some Black Hills photos.http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1110537&msg=1232226#msg1232226
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Sep 13, 2010 - 01:12am PT
I dream of another visit, and six pack abs to do it with.
Greggonator

Trad climber
Broomfield, CO
  Sep 13, 2010 - 03:18pm PT
Nice photos!
Cheers from the Colorado group of ~26.
See ya next year.

-GreggerMan
rhyang

climber
SJC
  Sep 13, 2010 - 03:33pm PT
Nice !!
MisterT

Trad climber
little gold truck
  Sep 14, 2010 - 01:20am PT
I posted a few recent devils tower pics on my blog here:
http://tomgrundyman.blogspot.com/2010/09/mccarthy-west-face-variation.html

and here:
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http://tomgrundyman.blogspot.com/2010/08/durrance-route.html[/url]

I spent about an hour sitting on the top of the west face on Saturday watching the vultures circle above and below.
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
  Sep 14, 2010 - 12:32pm PT
Nice Mike! Looks like some good days for sure!

Cheers!
Dick Danger

Trad climber
Lakewood, Colorado
  Sep 14, 2010 - 01:51pm PT
Bitching! Nice TR and great photos. Gotta love the Tower
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
  Sep 14, 2010 - 02:09pm PT
I've always wanted to climb the Tower. I think I'll start with the 5.7 route though.
cmcguinness

Trad climber
Palo Alto, CA
  Sep 24, 2010 - 02:57pm PT
totally agree with 3rd pitch of Tulgey Wood being the hardest 5.9 ever. Coming from the valley, seeing 5.9 OW generally causes the ears to perk up, and the palms to sweat. But I mean thats the valley right, no way this can be a burly. NOT TRUE. That sh#t is legit. And the 10a finger pitch below is awesome!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Sep 25, 2010 - 04:16am PT
Go for it Jan, before the leaning column falls over!

;)
BMcC

Trad climber
Livermore
  Sep 25, 2010 - 12:50pm PT
Wow! Looks so sweet. I've got to go there.
sac

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
  Sep 25, 2010 - 04:16pm PT
Thanks for the re-inspiration to get there...
looks like... it really IS as good as it looks!

the museum

Trad climber
  Sep 25, 2010 - 11:11pm PT
9-25-2010
9-25-2010
Credit: the museum
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Wyoming
  Sep 25, 2010 - 11:16pm PT
Credit: Peter Haan
Pate

Trad climber
  Sep 25, 2010 - 11:29pm PT
Credit: some alien









Richard Dreyfuss as an obsessed climber.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
  Sep 26, 2010 - 12:02am PT
Quality TR!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Sep 27, 2010 - 04:26pm PT
Took my 9 year old son out for his first real time on a rope at the tower this weekend after the adopt a crag event. He belayed me on lead for the first time and did 500 ft on two eights, a six and a seven.
Jack doing the first pitch of El Matador 8+
Jack doing the first pitch of El Matador 8+
Credit: mike m
A great sunset after climbing on the west face until 7ish.
A great sunset after climbing on the west face until 7ish.
Credit: mike m
Jack following and cleaning most of the gear on a long pitch of thin c...
Jack following and cleaning most of the gear on a long pitch of thin crack climbing to one bolt at the finish on Mystic and the Mutchers 8-
Credit: mike m
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Sep 27, 2010 - 04:39pm PT
Anyone see this gentleman there?
Credit: Jaybro

From a few years ago;
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/A-Deto-first-time/t390n.html
brotherbbock

climber
So-Cal
  Sep 27, 2010 - 05:28pm PT
It's been a dream of mine to climb here.....some day.....
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
  Sep 27, 2010 - 05:51pm PT

Great show, Mike!
Though it's been years since I've been there, it really
is a special place.
Thanks for some wonderful shots!!!!
goatboy smellz

climber
Gulf Breeze
  Oct 5, 2010 - 05:16pm PT
Thanks Mike, I missed the Tower this year.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Jun 27, 2018 - 03:04pm PT
It's been a while my friend, but hopefully we will reunite soon. June is almost over for those that care.
L

climber
Just livin' the dream
  Jun 27, 2018 - 05:18pm PT
Incredible photos, Mike!!!

Thanks for bumping!
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