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 is a two minute walk over the ridge and down the hill, to the west, from the base of The Chicken (Hyperion Slab).
On the SE side of the dome, climb the narrow buttress to the right of the broad gulley between the Temple of Ishtar and the Tower of Babel. From the base of buttress climb up 20 ft. and right of the huge cobble. Continue up the buttress on fiction, pockets, and cobbles to anchors on the lower SW shoulder of the summit....[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.