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Between the Devil and the Sky: Climbing Devils Tower for 45 Years

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 in the '70s, Sanders has climbed Devils Tower thousands of times, and even moved into a lodge at its base. Now he shares its magic with visitors year-round, and the climb never gets old.