It's best to start early, early in the day. If we rise with the sun we will avoid any seasonal heat as well as the distraction of having other climbers ahead of us.
The Durrance Route is the most straight forward climb on the Tower and technically the easiest. We advance from the top of one broken off column top to the next, as if climbing a giant set of stairs.
The longest that you have to climb at one stretch is 70 feet. The column tops are large, allowing places to sit or even lay down.
Our climb should take us 3 to 8 hours depending on: how many are in the group, their skill level, and the difficulty of the route we climb. There is no hurry or rush required. Relax and enjoy.
How long we spend climbing and on top can be as long as you wish. There is a register on top for you to sign in and record your thoughts. The view is worth your effort. Don't forget to think about what you will write in the summit register. You could even bring a memento to leave on top: a picture, a letter, what ever you like.
Getting down is straight forward and simple. Four long rappels will take us from the summit to the ground.
No need to worry about bad weather, we can make a speedy retreat to shelter from anywhere on the climb.
Most importantly you will be with highly experienced guides. Safety is our number one priority. You will have everything you need to make your climb safe and enjoyable.
Once returned to the ground you may begin to autograph babies, kiss posters, and embark on your slide show and lecture career.
What To Wear
Please wear loose fitting clothing, some things that will allow you to stretch and raise your arms and legs high.
Preserving The Moment
You might want to bring your camera, although we will bring our video camera as well. We will chronicle our ascent so that you may share your climb and joy with others and provide an ongoing testimony to your efforts and accomplishments.