On July 21, 2015 eleven-year-old Seamus Casey shattered the Campbell County Recreation Center bouldering record (tripling the previous record of 19 that was set by an adult) by completing 57 laps, in 2 hours and 48 minutes, around the indoor climbing wall replica of Devil's Tower National Monument.
On October 11th, 2015 Seamus climbed Devil's Tower, one of the top 50 climbs in North America. Later, Black Diamond Climbing Equipment made him “Famous Seamus” by publishing a picture of him just below the summit (on the 6th Pitch of the Durrance Route, rated 5.7). There were thousands of responses from all around the world as young Seamus inspired others, both young and old, to pursue their own dreams.
On August 17, 2016 twelve-year-old Seamus Casey cleared another obstacle by following the historic Owen-Spalding Route up 13,776 feet to the the beautiful iconic peak of the Grand Teton near Jackson Wyoming. Once again the Gillette News Record and Black Diamond Climbing Equipment took note of his amazing journey and shared his photo (just below the summit) and story with their readers. With all the unintentional publicity and many words of encouragement, people began to ask, "What's next Seamus?"
In the past, Seamus' accomplishments have come from a simple love of climbing and a dogged competitive spirit. This year, however, he hopes to use his gifts and unanticipated publicity to help others fulfill their dreams too.
On July 19th - 21st, 2017 Seamus would attempt to:
July 19, 2017
Seamus hopes to set a new bouldering record of 65+ laps.
Each scholarship is worth $5000
His "Dream of 13" x $5000 = $65,000
July 20, 2017
Seamus will ride 65 miles from Campbell County Recreation Center to Devil's Tower National Monument
Chasing his "Dream of 13" for $65,000
July 21, 2017
Seamus will climb to the summit Devils Tower National Monument
in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to pay for our freedom.
After a disappointing fall on the 23rd lap, Seamus got back on the wall and started over...
He set a New Bouldering Record by climbing non-stop for 78 laps in 2:35! That is 13 minutes faster than his old record -- not making this stuff up folks -- and he climbed for a total of 101 laps on the day!
He beat his old record of 57 laps in 2:48 and quadrupled the original record of 19 laps.
Seamus climbed for well over a mile!
After an exhausting 1st day, Seamus was back in the saddle at 5:30 the next morning.
Determined to reach his goal, he had to fight brutal head-winds for 35 miles, then sweltering heat for 30 more miles. The Black Hills kept getting bigger on the second half of the trip!
5.5 hours later, in 96º heat, Seamus and his "Biker Gang of Patriot Friends" sailed into the finish line at Devil's Tower National Monument!
Up the next day at 2:30 Seamus taped his hands in the dark to prepare for his final challenge.
Opting for the historic Wiessner Route (The 1st technical climb set in 1937 -- more difficult and less common then the Durrance Route) he would finish on Bailey's Direct Route. (Shown above)
In appreciation for his freedom and to honor our fallen and disabled veterans, 13 year old Seamus Casey climbed 867 feet to the Summit of Devil's Tower National Monument!
Devils Tower, HIGHWAY 110, Devils Tower, Wyoming 82714, United States