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What does it cost to climb Devils Tower?

Uncle Sam on Devils Tower
Climbing Devils Tower dressed as Uncle Sam on the 4th of July.

So…if you want to hire a guide to climb Devils Tower dressed as Uncle Sam that will probably cost extra.  Most guide companies including us have prices posted on our websites and those prices change with the seasons to account for cost such as permit fees, travel, guide welfare, training and feeding, and of course a big one in America…insurance.  In general round numbers, you can plan on spending $300 to $550 per day to hire a guide depending on if you want a one on one experience or if you plan to arrive with some friends or family to share the adventure with.  Along with that there are entrance fees to Devils Tower National Monument and some basic gear you need (rock climbing gear and such is supplied by the guide if you don’t already own yours), travel cost and whatever else you need to travel here and back home. 

Guiding in America has come a long way, but it’s still a fairly new idea.  Even though I am a guide, it has taken me awhile to get used to hiring guides.  I have learned that my vacation time is short so when I put in the effort to get somewhere to do something rad, hiring a guide is a good bet.  I’ve always had great experiences when I hire a professional who knows the area for the adventure I want to enjoy.  Most of the big deal guides Ive hired are for river trips.  I kayaked wild whitewater in Patagonia and could not imagine doing it without a guide.  A few years back I had the opportunity to get in on a trip down the Grand Canyon in paddle rafts.  It was a bucket list trip of ours for a long time and I was psyched when a friend of ours who has guided there for many many moons helped us get on a trip.  Yes, I’m pretty sure I could have figured it out and done it without professionals, but gosh…our trip was so much more fun and so much less stressful than trying to deal with all the details.  Just showing up with a smile and an open mind ready to enjoy a trip is worth every penny in my opinion.  I hope to hire a guide to do a dirt bike trip to Baja this winter….I’ve hired guides to teach me how to climb mountains (which is a whole different game then pure rock climbing), and many more I cant think of now I’m sure.  Looking back at the photos and remembering, know that those people took good care of me while I was with them and the adventures they shared with me were amazing.  I can’t thank them enough.

Why hire the guides from Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service?  Like most other guide services, we are going to do our best to set you up for success on your climbing adventure.  No mater if its your first day on the rocks or you want to climb the Durrance route up to the summit of Devils Tower with us, we are going to try and make it a great day.  Being a rock climbing guide is usually not a job you happen into because you like tennis.  It takes a lot more dedication than you might imagine.  Once upon a time you could be a rock climber and occasionally pick up a hitch as a rock guide, but these days the bar has been raised.  Being a rock climbing guide involves training and we turn to the American Mountain Guides Assoc.  Sylvan Rocks Climbing School has been accredited by the AMGA for over 20 years now.  We are lucky enough to have guides on staff who are pursuing career tracts in the business instead of just guiding as a part time summer work between climbing trips.  Our head guide, Cheyenne Chaffee and Taylor Lais have successfully completed the full AMGA Rock curriculum and been certified as Rock Guides by the AMGA.  Those guys provide the structure around which we work to raise the standards of everyone on staff.  We have guides who are working through the AMGA courses at all levels and do great work taking care of their/our guest.  Technical training is only part of the equation of what it takes to be a good guide.  Technical skills are the easy part in some ways.  The passion to work with people in trying situations and help guest live out their adventure is what makes an OK rock climbing guide into a GREAT climbing guide.

There are lots of great people guiding at Devils Tower…so do your homework, Google the companies and research the challenge of getting to the top.  It is something that can be achieved by anyone, but it is certainly not an easy task.  Climbing Devils Tower is a Marathon not a sprint.  You have to sometimes dig deep mentally and physically to keep climbing to the top.  The guides will lead the way, but you are the one who makes the magic happen.  So give us a call.  Lets talk about how we can help you follow your folly and tick that goal off your bucket list.

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