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Tower of Babel 


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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Nov 20, 2011
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Description 

The Tower of Babel is the higher of the two massive sandstone conglomerate domes west of The Canyon. When viewed from the east it appears low angle and slabby, but from the west presents a formable steep knobby 180 ft. wall, with the lower portion forming an imposing twenty-five foot overhang with surprisingly few cobbles, pockets, or climbable features. This wall is a treasure chest of huecos and knobs of all sizes. Quite the secluded and uncrowded playground.
The Tower of Babel and Temple of Ishtar formations have also been referred to as the "Ten Gallon Hat." The huge west face is the "Heart Wall."


Getting There 

The Tower of Babel is a two minute walk over the ridge and down the hill, to the west, from the base of The Chicken (Hyperion Slab).


11 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tower of Babel:
Cracker Jacks   5.2 3 8 II D 2c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Burnt Sugar   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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On the opening moves of Burnt Sugar

Burnt Sugar 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Tower of Babel
Boulder into a large solution pocket and over the bulge using a cluster of inclusions. Above the bulge a crack/groove leads up and right. Where the groove ends move left onto a pebble band which yields many positive knobs and pockets to the top. The opening moves are steep and while the rock appears to consist of burnt sugar and graham crackers it's quite solid....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Temple of Ishtar, the lower summit on the left, and the Tower of Babel, the higher summit in the center of the photo, as seen from the southeast. <br />This complex formation has also been called the "Ten Gallon Hat."
Temple of Ishtar, the lower summit on the left, an...
The Hatchery, Tower of Babel, the Egg (just visible), and the Temple of Ishtar (left to right).
The Hatchery, Tower of Babel, the Egg (just visibl...
Corvus Crack.  Soon to be the site of some very groovy chimney climbing.
BETA PHOTO: Corvus Crack. Soon to be the site of some very gr...
A climber working the moves of a 5.11+ route on the east side of the north end of Corvus Crack.
A climber working the moves of a 5.11+ route on th...
Shows location of Corvus Crack.
BETA PHOTO: Shows location of Corvus Crack.
The Vaginal Wall, north end of Corvus Crack on the Tower of Babel.
The Vaginal Wall, north end of Corvus Crack on the...
Pretty fun 5.10d just to the right of the Corvis Chimney.
Pretty fun 5.10d just to the right of the Corvis C...
Western Fence lizards catching some rays in the gully between the Tower of Babel and Temple of Ishtar.
Western Fence lizards catching some rays in the gu...
The Tower of Babel with a climber rappelling the route "Cracker Jacks."
The Tower of Babel with a climber rappelling the r...
The Tower of Babel/Temple of Ishtar Massif (aka The 10 Gallon Hat).
The Tower of Babel/Temple of Ishtar Massif (aka Th...
Jubilant climber enjoying the summit of the Tower of Babel.
Jubilant climber enjoying the summit of the Tower ...
Looking up the buttress of "Rainy Day Woman" (in the center) and the saddle between the Tower of Babel and the Temple of Ishtar.
Looking up the buttress of "Rainy Day Woman" (in t...
The west face of the Tower of Babel.
The west face of the Tower of Babel.
Enjoying airy summit of the "Tower of Babel."
Enjoying airy summit of the "Tower of Babel."
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By Spider Savage
Nov 22, 2011

You approach the Tower of Babel from the SE when you walk over from The Egg area. I would like to invite you to put up routes in this area. There are many possibilities and I have done my share of FA's here.

Climbers have achieved the top. I've heard a report that there is one bolt and a sling. A solid 3 bold belay anchor and an easy route to the top would create a new world of routes.

By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Dec 16, 2011

There are three bolts on the summit, two with chains.