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."
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).
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
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.