Great Big Story Presents Between the Devil and the Sky: Climbing Devils Tower for 45 Years


Imagine climbing the Devils Tower thousands of time. That’s what professional climbing guide, Frank Sanders has done. This is his story.

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Published on Apr 20, 2017
For rock climber Frank Sanders, the captivating power of Devils Tower was instant and life-long. This iconic butte in Wyoming, which you may recognize from the classic 1977 sci-fi film, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” was America’s first national monument. Since his first ascent, Sanders has climbed Devils Tower thousands of times, and even moved into a lodge at its base. There, he shares its magic with visitors year-round, and the climb never gets old.

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