Tower of Babel

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Sun and Shade
Uphill
10 mins
Sheltered

When viewed from Windy Ledge, this thin tower looks like it will fall down at any minute. However, it is standing the test of time and has three decent routes on it. Guidebook page 59.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Augean
The crack right of the arete is quite steep and exhibits that Stoney oddity of being polished and loose at the same time....
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Loose
VS 4c
2
Hercules
Start on the right and climb to a scary mantel onto a ledge; a runner in the corner and a second belayer out left are...
 
Fluttery
E4 5c
3
Ivy Grotto Direct
The long groove is a fine line with some interesting rock but the name is becoming more apt as the years roll by.
 HVS 5a
4
Mineshaft
The deep rift over to the right is mostly used as a way down, though it gives an easy bit of chimneying.
 
1 Stars
Graunchy
M
5
Tantalus
Climb to the cave, traverse right for a couple of metres then up a groove to a ledge and tree belay. Traverse right again to a...
 
Rounded
HS 4b
6
Glory Road
A good, open route. Follow the left-hand groove.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
VS 4b
7
Sin Top 50
The right-hand groove gives steady, open climbing and bridging, on polished holds, with loads of gear. Amazingly, the route was...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
VS 4c
8
Lucy Simmons
A lonely detour onto the front face of the tower gives a few good moves in a fine position. Try not to think about what is...
7 user comments
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
Fluttery
E2 5b
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