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Enjoying airy summit of the "Tower of Babel.&...

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. Above the overhang this wall is a treasure chest of huecos, pockets, 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).

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.2 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['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 8 D 2c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Rainy Day Woman   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Burnt Sugar   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Orang-O-Tang   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Fat Bottom Girl   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Tower of Babel
Past the crux.

Bandwagon 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Tower of Babel
As "Bandwagon" begins left (north) of the cleft between the summits of the Tower of Babel and the Temple of Ishtar, soon to be renamed as the Ten Gallon Hat (in the new 4th edition of Sport Climbing in S. Cal.) it is listed as part on the former formation.Pull the overhung face via powerful moves from a large, white knob protruding from the wall, to gain a series of pockets. Above the pockets the angle eases and knobs and more positive pockets lead up the wall to a final bulge and the chains....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Tower of Babel Slideshow Add Photo
The Tower of Babel/Temple of Ishtar Massif (aka Th...
The Tower of Babel/Temple of Ishtar Massif (aka Th...
Temple of Ishtar, the lower summit on the left, an...
Temple of Ishtar, the lower summit on the left, an...
Western Fence lizards catching some rays in the gu...
Western Fence lizards catching some rays in the gu...
Corvus Crack.  Soon to be the site of some very gr...
BETA PHOTO: Corvus Crack. Soon to be the site of some very gr...
Looking up the buttress of "Rainy Day Woman&q...
Looking up the buttress of "Rainy Day Woman&q...
Shows location of Corvus Crack.
BETA PHOTO: Shows location of Corvus Crack.
Slightly out of date at time of posting but here i...
BETA PHOTO: Slightly out of date at time of posting but here i...
Pretty fun 5.10d just to the right of the Corvis C...
Pretty fun 5.10d just to the right of the Corvis C...
A climber working the moves of a 5.11+ route on th...
A climber working the moves of a 5.11+ route on th...
The Tower of Babel with a climber rappelling the r...
The Tower of Babel with a climber rappelling the r...
The Hatchery, Tower of Babel, the Egg (just visibl...
The Hatchery, Tower of Babel, the Egg (just visibl...
Jubilant climber enjoying the summit of the Tower ...
Jubilant climber enjoying the summit of the Tower ...
The Vaginal Wall, north end of Corvus Crack on the...
The Vaginal Wall, north end of Corvus Crack on the...
The west face of the Tower of Babel.
The west face of the Tower of Babel.
Some fancy footwork on the Tower of Babel, on a wa...
Some fancy footwork on the Tower of Babel, on a wa...

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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.
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