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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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  • Description 

    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.

    Routes:

    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

    For the Boulder Canyon area.

    Weather station 4.8 miles from here

    4 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['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]


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    Pinnacle 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : Tower of Babel
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