Many of you have climbed and been guided by Anthony Schwartz. He loves climbing as much as anyone I know. He lives it...breathes it...and he is mighty good at it.
This video, put together by the National Park Service about climbing at Devils Tower National Monument, does a great job of not only describing what it is like to climb on the rock at Devils Tower, but captures a little bit of why rock climbing is such a great activity. The images feed into the feeling of empowerment / respect for what surrounds a climber up on the stone, and the sheer joy that people experience when they slide fingers and toes into perfect holds and micro ledges. Up on the wall with just a rope, gear and a partner or guide, life is simplified. Life is good.
Pull, push, rest.....flow....enjoy the moment, embrace the challenge.
These are things that make climbing so worthy and life worth living. We all have to have something to motivate us beyond the normal day to day grind. For many people, the adventure of rock climbing is that thing that takes life to the next level.
Tony was part of the team of pro climbers and videographers that put this great piece together. He shared his knowledge of Devils Tower, his love for climbing and rope skills to help put that crew in position to get those inspiring shots.
I hope you enjoy the video and descriptions Jenn Flemming shares about climbing in special places like "Devils Tower National Monument in beautiful northeast Wyoming".... Anyone take a guess who I stole that line from?
Should you choose to hire Sylvan Rocks to guide you up the top of Devils Tower...I promise we will choose routes with appropriate challenges. While there is no super easy way to the top of the Tower, there are many ways with much larger handholds and footholds then the routes that were shown in this video. Climb on!
Jenn Flemming in Devils Tower: National Parks Epic Challenge video. Thanks to Camp 4 Collective for doing such a great job putting this video together for the National Park Foundation.