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Durrance Approach

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interesting problem below, The T 
Late for Dinner T 
Liken Lichen T 
Lovely Liana T 
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Pseudo- Wiessner T 
Rangers Are People Too T 
Sundance T 
Tunnel Vision T 
Wiessner T 

Durrance Approach Rock Climbing 


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Location: 44.59002, -104.71425 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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.

Durrance can also be reached by following the approach for the south/east faces until the start of the ramp. At this point, some scrambling/lower 5th class rock is required to get up to the base of the route and should probably be roped up.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.5 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',4],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',2],['5.11',4],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Durrance Approach

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Durrance Approach:
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   
Rangers Are People Too   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
Manifest Destiny   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 155'   
Fritz's Fantasy   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 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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Rock Climbing Photo: The Stellar "Direct Southwest"...

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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