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Colorado National Monument in Mesa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Climbing Independence

 
 
Climbing Independence Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 12, 2020
1. Climbing Independence Marker
Inscription.  

[Left side historical photo captions read]
With his climbing partner Rae Kennedy, and photographer Whipple Chester, John Otto became the first person to summit Independence Monument.

Otto had been in the area five years by then. When he arrived in the Grand Valley he had immediately fallen in love with the canyon landscape and had been working tirelessly to rally support for protecting the area as a national park. A month earlier, on May 24, 1911, Otto's goal was fulfilled when U.S. President William H. Taft established Colorado National Monument. What better way to celebrate than to climb Independence Monument?

[Right side modern photo caption reads]
"Otto's Route" is considered a classic tower climb and is still followed every year by hundreds of recreational climbers. After ascending most of the route on Wingate Sandstone, the final push to the top includes a precarious backward-leaning climb out from under the captrock of Kayenta Formation to the top of the monolith. Initiated by John Otto, the tradition of raising the American Flag atop Independence Monument on July 4th continues today.
 
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Climbing Independence Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 12, 2020
2. Climbing Independence Marker
The top of Independence Monument can be seen in the distant right of the photo.
National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentExplorationParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 39° 5.618′ N, 108° 43.928′ W. Marker is in Colorado National Monument, Colorado, in Mesa County. Marker is at the Independence Monument scenic pulloff on Rim Rock Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fruita CO 81521, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Shape of Independence (here, next to this marker); The Grand View (approx. half a mile away); Tragedies on Rim Rock Drive (approx. half a mile away); John Otto (approx. half a mile away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. half a mile away); Ancient Environments (approx. half a mile away); The Shapes of Erosion (approx. 1.1 miles away); Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colorado National Monument.
 
Also see . . .
1. Climb Independence Monument. (Submitted on November 9, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Colorado National Monument. (Submitted on November 9, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. John Otto and Colorado National Monument. (Submitted on November 9, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Independence Monument. (Submitted on November 9, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Independence Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 12, 2020
3. Independence Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 9, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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