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Tower of Babel

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Tower of Babel Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,900'
Location: 40.0036, -105.4074 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Darin Thompson on Sep 7, 2003

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2 sport routes, and a trad route (which is no where to be found in guide books). This is the pinnacle just up the canyon, on the south side, from Boulder Falls. It's somewhat chossy near the bottom, but has some big powerful moves once on the arete. It's fronted by the creek, and some tall pines, and receives mid-afternoon sun, but is relatively shady, except for the very top of the tower.

One can start the right most route (sandbagged 11a) down in the creek, or can hike up and around to start a couple of bolts up. Some people even cliff jump into the raging creek below. Legend has it that the creek's small waterfall at the base of the tower has carved out such a deep hole down below, no man can touch the bottom.


A. Pinnacle, 9, 1p, gear.
B. Babylon Is Burning, 12-, 1p, bolts & gear.
C. Ziggurat, 11, 1p, 90', bolts & gear?
D. Unknown, 11, 1p, bolts.

Getting There 

Park at Boulder Falls, 8 miles up the canyon, on the south side. Walk up the canyon around the bend, and you will see the tower on the left (south side). You can walk through the creek during low tide season, or I've read in guidebooks that there is a tyrolean (but I didn't see one anywhere near the tower).

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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Babylon is Burning 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : Tower of Babel
Belay about 20 feet above the creek on a good ledge. Follow the crack to a stance below a small overlap, crank the crux, and follow the line of bolts up the steep wall to the anchor - Boulder Canyon guidebook.This route would be better with more traffic. There is lots of lichen, so wear sunglasses to prevent getting it in your eye when belaying. There are fun finger locks and hand jams when coming off the ledge, be sure not to plug your only jam with a cam at the start. The crux is well protecte...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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