Devils Tower, Day 2

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Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

We packed up our camp and headed to the Tower.  Devils Tower is volcanic in nature, the theory is that hundreds of thousands of years ago, magma welled up inside a soft mountain, and over the eons the mountain eroded away, leaving the hardened tower we see today.   We stopped at the visitor center first, then we walked the trail around the mountain, and up it as high as we could get without technical climbing permits. Tyler clambered up the rocks like a billy goat!  We watched some professional climbers going up the steep face through the binoculars, but we were getting a double image- probably because Tyler had dropped them back at Mount Rushmore!   

 The Tower is a mecca for professional climbers all around the world-- hundreds of people climb to the top every year.

not going as high as these guys!
  We were able to get as high as the point where it went completely verticle, but you need equipment after that.  There are actually chipmunks living at the top of the tower...even though there is no way for them to get up or down!  They have been up there for many chipmunk generations, probably carried there and escaped from some bird of prey.  Can't be much for them to eat up there!  Living on bug and grasses, maybe?  The views were terrific, even though we didn't go all the way to the top!  We did some exploring around on the rocks, then headed back down.  We then went back to the visitor center to get T shirts, souvenirs, and water.  When we finished there, we were headed off to Montana....next stop, the Little Bighorn Battlefield!  There was evidence of a recent fire as we were leaving the park, as the hills were all blackened and barren, but the trees seemed to be OK.

dragonfenix says:
I've been to Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse, but not to the Devils Tower...looks like I missed out on something expectacular !! Glad you had a good time. Thanx for sharing!
Posted on: Jun 14, 2007
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Devils Tower National Monument, Wy…
Devils Tower National Monument, W…
not going as high as these guys!
not going as high as these guys!
our campsite at Devils Tower
our campsite at Devils Tower
..in the shadow of the mountain
..in the shadow of the mountain
redrock cliff to our right
redrock cliff to our right
was so windy last night, had to ta…
was so windy last night, had to t…
this campground is where they film…
this campground is where they fil…
lots of bunnies here
lots of bunnies here
Ty gets ready to climb!
Ty gets ready to climb!
well just clamber up the rocks
we'll just clamber up the rocks
Tyler is off!
Tyler is off!
sun behind the Tower
sun behind the Tower
nice view up here!
nice view up here!
need a permit past here!
need a permit past here!
ok, thats as high as we go
ok, that's as high as we go
Ty headed down
Ty headed down
pretty cool rock!
pretty cool rock!
looks like a recent fire here
looks like a recent fire here
Devils Tower
photo by: esterrene