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This approach leads to Durrance and surrounding cracks. Durrance is the most popular route on the tower, and it is usually crowded during summer months. This area also contains the Wiessner offwidth, Best Crack in Minnesota, Rangers are People Too, Pigeon English, etc. This area is primarily on the south side of the tower, so expect hot sun through most of the day.
Take the trail east from the parking lot and then take a right at the junction a short distance away. Soon after, start heading toward the tower across the talus, taking the path of least resistence. This is also the start for the west face approaches. As you approach the tower, scramble up onto the southeast shoulder, and then depending on the route desired, follow this trail east around the tower. Durrance is located around the tower a ways, and starts near the location of the ramp for the south and east faces.
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Durrance 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 6 pitches, 500'
Sundance 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Wiessner 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 275'
Pseudo- Wiessner 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Manifest Destiny 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 155'
Rangers Are People Too 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 130'
Fritz's Fantasy 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
P.O.T.C. 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
Direct Southwest 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Lovely Liana 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 130'
Black-Jones Direct 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
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Direct Southwest 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c WY : Devil's Tower : Durrance Approach
Approach Via the Durrance approach and head left at the cliff base to reach the SW corner. At the SW corner there are a number of shorter colunms that reach a height of perhaps 100'.The dihedral at the right hand edge of the right-most of these colums, beginning as a ever-steepening slab is "Rangers Are People Too." The next crack left of this, on the left side of the right-most short column, is the fist pitch of Driect SouthWest.P1: (5.7, 80')Climb the crack described above for 80' to a ledge...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
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