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Tower of Babel 

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Elevation: 6,900'
Lat, Long: 40.0036, -105.4074 Map Incorrect?
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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).

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['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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Unknown 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a  CO : Boulder Canyon : Tower of Babel
This route wasn't in the book, but it's on the far right of the tower and is west-facing. Do a bouldery start off the small ledge, but it is easy to pre-clip the first bolt. Crank on good crimpers to gain the ramp - good luck being graceful - then continue up towards the anchors. This has fun and powerful climbing. I don't know what the official rating is, it felt like 11+ to me....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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