Elevation: 5,464 ft
GPS: 39.089, -108.718 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Joe Keyser on Nov 29, 1999
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Jesse Zacher, Monomaniac, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Tyler KC, Jared LaVacque

Description

Kissing Couple is the 400' semi-detached spire to the south of Independence Monument and Grand View Spire.

Getting There

To access, 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 walks around the edge of the canyon until the Kissing Couple formation can be seen. (The top of the tower looks like two people kissing when viewed from the approach, the object they are both kissing, I believe, is the namesake for this route). So, you walk around to the opposite side of the tower from what you see on approach. Then scramble up to the base. You do a little boulder problem to get up to the start of P1. This is kinda tricky with a full backpack.

Per Mel C: the approach from the rim is at least 40 minutes.

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