Devils Tower. El Matador route on the west face was first climbed in September, 1967 by Eric Bjornstad and me; it ranged from one to three columns south of the McCarthy route. We followed a south-facing vertical dihedral for two serious pitches and then struck out through a prominent overhang, which was the crux of the ascent. We used 80 pitons and 8 nuts, largely for aid. NCCS IV, A3.