Babel, Tower of Trip Report (#18949)
- Signed By: Dow Williams
- Date submitted: February 14, 2006
- Date(s) climbed: 6-18-2005
- Number of People Encountered:0-10 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
This is a pleasant enough route if done in marginal weather to avoid other climbers and hikers. It is so short of a route, it really just serves the purpose of a rest day in the Canadian Rockies.
Take the Consolation Lake Trail from the Moraine Lake parking lot (near the washrooms by Moraine Lake's outlet). This trail normally has a bear restriction of six people minimum. Follow this trial for approximately 1 km. Tower of Babel will clearly come into view on your right side. This is a 1500' ascent.
Proceed up the large scree on your right aiming for the narrow gully on Tower of Babel's right side. Staying right on the larger scree works better for ascent. Once into the gully, stay right, in and out of ledges to avoid rock fall hazard from the upper gully and Babel's west wall. Ascend through the gully and out onto the ridge that leads left to the broad summit plateau. The summit consists of large, lichen-covered separated blocks of quartzite. It also has an assortment of summit cairns, including a full living room set when we were there in 2005. Even though I did this route in weather, I could still make out Mt. Bident, the Quadra Glacier and Consolation Lakes to the southeast. I could hear Mt. Fay unloading her typical ice and rock directly to the south. Return the same, this time venture out into the gully further to take advantage of a fast glissade on snow and/or scree.