That Time a Guy Parachuted Onto Devils Tower and No One Could Figure Out How to Get Him Down

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Nestled safely in the bosom of the Bear Lodge Mountains of Wyoming is a large rock formation known simply as Devils Tower. A popular landmark and the first recognised United States National Monument (declared such by President Theodore Roosevelt on September 24, 1906), the imposing rocky butte was at the forefront of a bizarre media frenzy in 1941 when a parachutist became hopelessly stranded atop it.
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Caption: Hello i'm simon whistler you're watching . today i found out and in the video today . that tyler guy parachuted onto devil's . tower and no one could figure out how to . get him down nestled safely in the bosom. of the bear lodge mountains of wyoming . is a large rock formation known simply. as devil's tower a popular landmark and . the first recognized united states . national monuments declared such by. president theodore roosevelt on. september the 24th 1906 the imposing . rocky butte was at the forefront of a . bizarre media frenzy in 1941 when a . parachutist became hopelessly stranded. atop it the parachutist was a known . daredevil called george hopkins he made . it there for $50 which is about $800 . today that he could parachute and land . on top of the butte that was made with . an eccentric entrepreneur called al . brothels beam it was known form among. other bizarre things keeping a live . rattlesnake under his hat which can. reveal and let people pass on occasion . now if you're wondering how he came by a . relatively tame presumably defamed . rattler he owned reptile gardens in . rapid city hopkins along with wanting to . win on the bat was hoping to very . publicly show that it was possible for a . skilled parachutist to land on a precise . target the approximately 1 acre sized . area of flat rock atop the tower seems . like a pretty good place to demonstrate . this it should be noted here the hopkins . was by no means a slouch when it came to . the burgeoning sport of skydiving in . fact one of the ways he made a living . was by leaping from burning planes for . motion pictures in other words he was. fairly confident he'd be able to make . the jump despite random sometimes severe . up and down drafts around the tower . however he didn't bother to seek . permission from the national park . service the land atop the rocky monolith . thinking that there just say no if he . asked instead hopkins told only a single . newspaper reporter from the sundance . times that sometime in the closing days . of september it performed the stunts . promising them exclusive coverage of the . events on the condition that they not . tell anyone until after had done it with . all the necessary preparations in place . on october the 1st 1941 hopkins took to . the skies in a plane specially chartered . for the stunt and lapped from it making . a beeline for devil's tower problems . began almost immediately as hopkins was . nearly knocked off-course by severe wind . gusts he ultimately managed to get over . his target but was much too high . so he partially collapsed his parachute . plummeting to the rocky plateau below. after a bit of a rough landing in which . he was reportedly blown several feet. across the rocks hitting a boulder in . the process he was down and mostly . unharmed. with seemingly the hard part out of the . way hopkins stood and waited for his . pilot joe quinn to throw him they . specially prepared to pack containing. everything it need to descend the tower . hopkins then watched helplessly as the . supply pack sailed through the air and . bounced straight off the edge of the . tower stranding him without supplies . over 1,000 feet that's 300 meters in the . air before we get to what i'm next we . should discuss the contents of the pack . that had just dive-bombed to earth in . front of hopkins eyes the pack contains . nothing more than a sledgehammer an old . car axle that had been sharpened on one . end and 1,000 feet of rope hopkins's . actual plan was to use the sledgehammer . to drive the axle into the top of the . rock attach one end of the rope to it . and then climb down if you thought this . plan was somewhat ill-conceived it. should also be noted that technically . the 1000 feet of rope was not sufficient . to get him to the bottom however it . would be close enough so that he could . safely climb down the rest of the way . however after realizing he was stranded . another supply drop was organized . including another thousand feet of rope . this time it landed atop the tower . unfortunately they didn't bundle the . rope properly so it unfurled while . falling and landed in a giant mass of . tangled knots the quickly froze when a . large blanket of fog and snow rolled in . frustrated at his inability to untangle . the frozen rope hopkins threw a note off . the end of the tower asking for a bottle . of whisky for medicinal purposes which . was later air dropped onto his location . along with various survival supplies we . should also note here that they didn't . drop more rope for whatever reason and . interestingly if the bottle of whisky . probably wouldn't do him much good. because contrary to popular belief . drinking alcohol in frigid temperatures . does not warm you up it actually makes . you colder and more likely to suffer . from hypothermia now the next day news . of hopkins's plight had reached the . wider medium who descended on the park. along with thousands of tourists in . order to gawk at him increasingly. frustrated hopkins threw another note . off the edge stating hid like two. attempts to parachute off a proposal the . authorities quickly put the kibosh on . according to contemporary news reports . placating the daredevil by air dropping. supplies to keep his spare . it's up over the next few days several . rescue attempts were made by experienced . climbers all of which were halted by . ferocious winds and snow including in . one instance a climber slipping and. falling that being saved by a safety . rope this forced the authorities do . consider a number of other more . unorthodox alternatives forgetting . hopkins down these ideas included. partially landing a plane with skis atop . the tower and having hopkins uses . experience as a wing walker to leap onto . the aircraft as it passed by the reason . for this is that the summit was thought . too small to safely land a plane on they . also considered borrowing an . experimental navy helicopter and using . one of the goodyear blimps to rescue him . avoid dangling a basket large enough to . hold a human all of these ideas were . abandoned due to the increasingly . hazardous weather conditions with the . goodyear blimp plant coming the closest . to happening before the giant sky . fairing advertisement was grounded on. reached rescue so howard hopkins . ultimately get down did they finally . wise up and simply go back to the . original plan of just dropping a lot of . rope pen well no a dartmouth student by . the name of jack terence notified the . park service that he and a few of his . climbing companions were willing to come . and try to rescue hopkins just a few . years earlier in 1938 durant's was . involved in only the second successful . free ascent ever to top devil's tower . and he did it with one harrison . butterworth dorrance encodes journey . into the tower . this time however was delayed by poor. weather resulting in their flights being . canceled instead they took a train to . denver and in a car the rest of the way . when they arrived at the monument on . october the fifth they noted that when . we go to devil's tower a sleep storm had . gone through the area the tower was . nothing that a sheet of glass despite . the extreme conditions the next morning . the crew led by dorrance began their . slow and slippery ascent with dorrance . hammering pegs into the rocks for the . others as he went after almost nine . hours of this they finally reached the . top once that they found hopkins in good . spirits and good health despite his . five-day ordeal at the top of the tower . they then showed him how to properly . rappel down the mountain the fact that . they needed to do this doesn't make one . wonder how hopkins originally plans to . get down after an uneventful descent to. terra firma hopkins casually walk . towards the masses and media seemingly . no worse for wear and in a jovial mood . he was joking with those gathered that . he needed a shave and a haircut then he . went off to find brothels b and his $50 . all the park service recorded that over . 7,000 people had visited the park to . observe hopkins ordeal a little over a . month later at the united states it . would enter world war two with hopkins . going on to join the airborne infantry . division as an instructor in parachuting . though most of hopkins former skydiving . records have since been broken he still . holds the distinction of being the only . man to parachute onto the top of devil's . tower given these significant advances . in parachuting technology since then we. can only assume that the reason people . haven't done this is not because they . can't do it but rather because the park . service doesn't allow them to so i . really hope you found that video . interesting if you did please do hit . that thumbs up button below and do not . forget to subscribe for brand new videos . just like this every day of the week . also i'd like to thank 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