Crack of Noon Tower Rock Climbing
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BETA PHOTO: A few routes of the Kissing Couple group.
This is the smaller formation immediately opposite of Kissing Couple and there is a route that is across from Long Dong Wall
. This tower is ascended by those who get scooped on the Kissing Couple because they found a line on Long Dong Wall
There are at least 3 routes here. One up the north face appears ancient.
The chimney on the right is climber's left. There is a line, supposedly easier but has been reported as fairly sustained and scary, on the left.
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. The start of this is just across from Long Dong Wall
Climbing Season For the Colorado National Monument area.
Weather station 1.1 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]
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Two routes head up the smaller formation immediately opposite of the start of the "Long Dong Wall route". This "Crack of Noon Tower" is for those who get scooped on the Kissing Couple because they got the "gentlemen of leisure" start!The climber's left is supposedly easier than the chimney on the right. I won't spoil the adventure for you. The "Crack of Noon Route" on the climber's left is of a fair quality for the Monument with a few good sections. I have not climbed the "Right ...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado