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Kissing Couple area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 39.08907, -108.71855 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Mar 27, 2013

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BETA PHOTO: A few routes of the Kissing Couple group.


There are a few towers in a line here that feature some straightforward to extremely exciting adventures.

Kissing Couple is the best known of the bunch.

Getting There 

To access these, you drive past Monument Canyon Trail, to the very back of the valley. Look for a tunnel just below the road. This is where the approach trail starts. You start by walking down a trail built in 1910 by John Otto. This trail drops steeply into the canyon for about 800 feet, and then it walks around the edge of the canyon until the Kissing Couple formation can be seen. So, you walk around to the base of which tower you wish to ascend.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Kissing Couple area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kissing Couple area:
Dirty Old Man   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 280'   Dirty Old Man Tower
Long Dong Wall (aka Bell Tower)   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches   Kissing Couple
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Featured Route For Kissing Couple area
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch one of the Long Dong Wall route.

Long Dong Wall (aka Bell Tower) 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CO : Grand Junction Area : ... : Kissing Couple
"Far out!" someone lightly etched into the sandstone on the second to last belay on Long Dong Wall. Although disturbing, it hit the nail on the head! This route is on the Kissing Couple formation just uphill from Independence Monument. Pitch 1: The route's crux, this pitch is in your face, and makes a harsh warm-up! You climb a crack, and some flakes straight up, while fishing small gear into the sandy crack. The crack goes to a finger crack, then a hand crack. After this, you traverse le...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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