At the beginning of the Leaning Column pitch, Frank sets up a belay. There are a total of six pitches on the Durrance route and this pitch was the second. We started around 5:00 AM to beat the heat.
Jackie cruises through the Flake Crack pitch a few hundred feet above the base of the Tower.
Jackie takes a break while Frank leads the next pitch. Our method was for Frank to lead all the pitches, followed by Alan, then Jackie coming up the pitch last.
Alan doing the Chockstone Crack pitch.
Frank on belay bringing up Jackie on the Flake Crack pitch. Frank has established many first ascents of climbing routes on the Tower. His attention to detail and safety is unsurpassed. Frank gave us the respect of being experienced climbers while showing us many climbing techniques and methods we did not know. We are grateful for our learning experience.
We summitted on a beautiful day at about 10:00 AM.
Jackie rappels off the summit with a big grin. There are a total of three rappels, from 150 to 200 ft.
Back on the ground again. What a great experience! Thanks to Frank for the great two days of climbing and the fantastic hospitality of the Devils Tower Lodge.
"Blessed are those who live out their dreams."