The Devils Tower - Durance
Durance Route on the Devils Tower in Wyoming is listed as one of the 50 classic climbs in North America. It's a 4-6 pitch route in which the harder sections are mainly off-width and hand-cracks with a few spots of chimney. Don't forget to register at the Visitor's Center before the climb or you risk a fine. This is a crowded route so get on super early or be ready to follow others and possibly do the abseil descent in the dark with headtorches.
The Route Topography
This is the route Durance on The Devils Tower in Wyoming, USA. It represents 152m of Phonolite rock climbing, usually over 6 pitches, of a max grade of VS 4c. Clicking the image will load the full screen high resolution Durance climb topo.
Original Image: img: national parks service
Approach & Descent Information
Approch: Follow Tower Trail to the right until the historic wooden ladder "viewing tubes". Follow the climbers trail up switch backs to the base of the Bowling Alley. Climb approach pitch. Traverse left on ledge system to base of Leaning Column. The meadows rappels can be done with a single 70 m rope with 15 feet of 4th class down climbing on the last rappel. The Bailey Direct rappels require two 60 m ropes.
Descent: The meadows rappels can be done with a single 70 m rope with 15 feet of 4th class down climbing on the last rappel. The Bailey Direct rappels require two 60 m ropes.
Note: Thuderstorms are common in the summer months and are not easily seen coming from the Durrance area. Check the weather ahead of time!
See The Devils Tower on the climb map Open climb location in Google Maps
Rock Climbing Wyoming - pg. ?
Rock Climbing Wyoming describes 11 major climbing areas in the state of Wyoming. It offers approximately 550 climbing routes. Falcon guides have maps, good topos, and action photos accompanying clearly written descriptions of the routes. The book is ideal for a trip to Wyoming, but enough of the information on the devils tower is available online for those looking to save some money.
R.R.P. £ 20
Weather & Local Conditions
Seasonal Weather Information
Note that some weather stations are close or even on the mountain, others are in nearby towns. Plan accordingly!
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References & additional links
The following links will take you to external websites specifically related to this climb: Durance on The Devils Tower.
Note: They contained relevant information at the time of publishing.
Climb Info: Mountain Project Page
Blog: Guide to the Devils Tower
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