In honor of the National Park shutdown, here’s a Camp 4 Collective video of my friend Jenn Fleming climbing at Devils Tower.
If I could pick one American rock, put it on wheels, and roll it into my backyard, I think I’d pick Devils Tower. One of the first articles I ever wrote was about the rescue of George Hopkins, a parachutist who’d landed atop the Tower to win a bet in the autumn of 1941. Producer Tyler Young took me out there in 2003 or 2004 to help him make a brief NG documentary about the rescue, which was tons of fun.
Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s available online.
Lately, Tyler has been doing a series of superb documentary/dramas about the Civil War in the Western Theater.
[EDIT: I’ve just corresponded with Tyler, and hopefully I’ll be able to post links to that Hopkins Rescue piece in the next week or two.]