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Temple of Ishtar  


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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on May 26, 2011
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The Ishtar/Babel Massiff from the west.

Description 

The Temple of Ishtar is the second largest of the formations at Texas Canyon and the western most major formation at Texas Canyon. The Temple of Ishtar is a two minute walk over the ridge and down the hill, to the west, from the base of The Chicken (Hyperion Slab) and the southern entrance to The Canyon. While the Temple of Ishtar appears low angle and slabby from the east, the west and southwest faces offer bolted routes on steep knobby walls.

Getting There 

From the parking area, walk up the dirt road past the white gate for ~ 100 yds until the crag comes into view. Take the trail, on the right, that diagonals down toward the large formation with the caves on its east face. Skirt the large formation with the caves, to the left (south). Once the trail levels off continue west around the southern end of the huge slab and past the opening to The Canyon and over the ridge to the west. The large slabby formation furthest south is the Temple of Ishtar. Continue downhill along the southern edge of Temple of Ishtar's southwest face. The climbs are on the face to the right.

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Traversing the headwall.

Cross Your Heart 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Temple of Ishtar
Begin as for "Heart & Sole" with a high step on a shelf under the bulge, A difficult pull over the bulge leads to easier climbing on knobs. Clip the 2nd bolt (double runner), then traverse left through a large scoop or depression to clip "Hearts" 2nd bolt. Continue traversing left along the steep headwall to the base of the water course. Climb the water course on pockets and knobs to an anchor on the left....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The south face of the Temple of Ishtar.
The south face of the Temple of Ishtar.
The horizontal Oak tree at the base of "Texas...
The horizontal Oak tree at the base of "Texas...
Checking out the south face of the Temple of Ishta...
Checking out the south face of the Temple of Ishta...
A party climbing on the Temple of Ishtar.
A party climbing on the Temple of Ishtar.
The Temple of Ishtar, from the SW.
The Temple of Ishtar, from the SW.
The west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
The west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
Temple of Ishtar.
Temple of Ishtar.
On the west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
On the west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
Southeastern aspect of the Temple of Ishtar/Tower ...
Southeastern aspect of the Temple of Ishtar/Tower ...
A unique hueco or solution pocket at the base of t...
A unique hueco or solution pocket at the base of t...
Beavertail Cactus in nice spring bloom.
Beavertail Cactus in nice spring bloom.
The recent, and more frequent rains have resulted ...
The recent, and more frequent rains have resulted ...
Enjoying the featured stone on the Temple of Ishta...
Enjoying the featured stone on the Temple of Ishta...
The south face of the Temple of Ishtar in profile.
The south face of the Temple of Ishtar in profile.
The steep lower off on the south face of the Templ...
The steep lower off on the south face of the Templ...
Dixieland
Dixieland
Mining choss on the west face of the Temple of Ish...
Mining choss on the west face of the Temple of Ish...
The amazing heart-like feature at the base of the ...
The amazing heart-like feature at the base of the ...
The vast expanse of knobs, pockets, and inclusions...
The vast expanse of knobs, pockets, and inclusions...
The south face.
The south face.
On the Heart Wall.
On the Heart Wall.
Ravens nest on the south face of the Temple of Ish...
Ravens nest on the south face of the Temple of Ish...
Getting established on the initial slab of the Hea...
Getting established on the initial slab of the Hea...
Water sculpted fluting on the south face of the Te...
Water sculpted fluting on the south face of the Te...

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By Spider Savage
Dec 17, 2013
Why this formation is named "Temple of Ishtar"

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jan 6, 2014
The Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. She's rock hard and impressive, just like the Temple of Ishtar formation. Impressive. This formation will likely change names, to the "Ten Gallon Hat," in the rumored future guidebook to a Texas Canyon.
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