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Grunting at Devils Tower

September 29, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - October 2, 2022 @ 5:30 pm


Small group trip down to the Tower! Do you like taping up your hands and grunting up a crack? Come find out if you do. This will be a multi-pitch climbing trip on some famous routes. Tentative objectives include Durrance (one of the 50 classic climbs of North America), Bon Homme variation, El Cracko Diablo, and TAD.

Devil’s Tower is the closest climbing location to Regina at 7 hours away. Plan is to drive down the evening of Thursday Sept 29th, climb on the 30th/Oct 1st and return on the Sunday morning.

THIS IS AN INTERMEDIATE TRIP – NOT BEGINNER FRIENDLY. No prior outdoor climbing experience is required; however, participants should be comfortable climbing at a 5.10 level at the Regina Climbing Centre. Although the proposed route grades are below this, the grading on the Tower is stiff and very physical. The trip is currently capped at 4 participants with 3 leaders (Calyton Bakke, James Lewis and Mark Nielsen).

There is a campground near the tower which will be arranged by the leaders. The additional expense of the camping is minimal.

Participants are responsible for their own gear. Gear requirements include climbing shoes, a harness, carabineer/ATC, helmet, and small backpack. The club has a limited number of harnesses and helmets available at no cost to participants on a first come first served basis. Please indicate on your trip application if you wish to borrow club gear. A recommended packing list will be provided to confirmed trip participants. This is a U.S based trip, so a current passport will be necessary.

Travel and Food
Food and travel will be arranged amongst the group when participants are selected.

This trip is open to participants 18 years of age and older. Participants must have a current ACC Great Plains Section membership. Age exceptions may be made at the discretion of the leaders, so please feel free to apply if you are not in this age category, and your application will be reviewed and considered. Sign up will be on a first come first served basis/skill level at the discretion of the trip leaders. As mentioned above, participants should be comfortable top-rope climbing at a 5.10 level.


Trip cost will be $50 per person. This does not include campsite fees.

Trip Sign Up information:

If interested in the trip, please send the following sign-up information to Mark Nielsen at

  1. First and Last Name
  2. Phone number
  3. ACC Membership Number (must be registered with the Great Plains Section)
  4. Emergency contact information
  5. Rock climbing experience (the grade that you can reliably top rope and short summary if you have outdoor experience)
  6. Any gear you would like to borrow (helmet, harness, etc.)

Successful applicant confirmations will be sent out within the week after application. Please send any questions on the trip to Mark Nielsen.  Further trip details will be circulated once participants are confirmed.


September 29, 2022 @ 5:30 pm
October 2, 2022 @ 5:30 pm
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A.C.C. Great Plains Section
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Devil’s Tower, WY

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Guidelines For Trip Participants

All trips listed in the Great Plains Section’s trip schedule are coordinated by amateur volunteer hikers, skiers and climbers. When on a trip, participants must act in a manner that is safe and responsible and participants are expected to bring the equipment requested by the trip organizer. Participants should find out the requirements and demands of the trip well in advance by asking the organizer and researching the trip in guidebooks and other literature. You must be a member of the Great Plains Section of the Alpine Club of Canada to join a trip.

Further guidelines for participants
  • Be prepared to complete a Release of Liability (Waiver). Waiver Form
  • You must be a member of the Great Plains Section of the Alpine Club of Canada to join a trip.
  • Sign up for trips that will challenge you, but are not beyond your abilities. If unsure, ask the trip organizer and tell them your experience and fitness level. People inexperienced in the mountains should start with easier trips.
  • Learn about the trip before you attend (which route, number of kilometers, amount of vertical gain/loss, type of terrain, length of day, etc.).
  • Give as much notice as possible to the trip organizer if you are unable to go on the trip. There are often waiting lists of other members who would like to go. If you do not provide enough notice of cancellation for your spot to be filled, your trip deposit will not be refunded.
  • Ensure that you have the right equipment and that it is in good repair.
  • For winter trips, ensure that you are using a digital avalanche transceiver and that it is in good working order. Single antenna/analog transceivers are not acceptable.
  • Bring your helmet on all moderate and difficult scrambles and all climbing trips. Leaders may ask you to bring your helmet on certain ski trips as well.
  • Be prepared to contribute to the trip and carry part of the group gear (ropes, etc.).
Personal Insurance
In addition to the liability coverage that the ACC provides for its members when they are participating in ACC activities, the ACC sells, through TuGoTM Travel Insurance, personal insurance for trips.

As a broker for TuGo, the ACC offers Emergency Medical Insurance, Trip Cancellation Insurance, Baggage Insurance and more. These policies are available to all Canadians travelling outside their home province within Canada as well as internationally.

If you require medical attention while you’re traveling outside of your home province, or outside of Canada, your provincial health care plan may not cover you. The ACC’s trip insurance covers air ambulance, emergency medical and many other medical expenses. Climbing, skiing and other backcountry accidents are not exempted (as they are with many insurers).

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