American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Wyoming Rockies

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  • Publication Year: 1942

Wyoming Rockies

Devils Tower. Without the permission usually required for an ascent of a National Monument, the summit of Devils Tower was gained by parachute on October 1st on a wager by George Hopkins, a former instructor of the R. A. F. Unfortunately, Hopkins seems not to have considered that his mountaineering experience was insufficient to enable him to descend. Ropes, food, clothing and a tent were dropped to him, and, after six nights on the summit, he was brought down, his rescuers being Jack Durrance, Meril McLane, Paul Petzoldt, Harold Rapp, Chappel Cranmer, Henry Coulter, Henry Field and Warren Gorrell. Weather prevented the proposed use of a blimp or an autogyro as a method of extricating the marooned man.

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