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Tower of Babel

The sky cleared up after I got down from Mount Niblock. I still had energy and time for another peak. Tower of Babel jumped into my mind. I quickly made my way to Moraine Lake. Probably because of the heavy thunderstorm, some tourists had already left, so I could park easily. Usually, it's hard to find a spot to park in Moraine Lake in a sunny afternoon...

Note that the group restriction is in effect now and you have to be in a tight group of 4 to use Consolation Lakes Trail. I was soloing so I had to start the ascent from the rock pile. From the lookout, drop down to the boulder field below, and traverse horizontally towards Tower of Babel. Do not start gain elevation too quick. I directly aim for the correct gully which is a diagonal line up. I came straight down and traversed horizontally, and this way is much better. So I recommend you to go horizontally until reaching an obvious trail. Side-sloping on boulder field and talus slope isn't fun though.

The next thing to do is simply slogging up the gully. The ground is loose but generally okay for ascending. It's the type of terrain that's both good up and down. However, rock fall is a real hazard in this gully. The steep wall on climber's left appears overhanging. Any piece can fall at any time of the year, so I suggest you to bring a helmet. The gully is also foreshortened, so be prepared. You gonna have to get up most of the elevation in this gully, so keep an eye on the mountain itself. Near the end, the gully narrows and becomes more rocky. A few hands-on moves are required, but nothing hard. I would still rate this as easy. Once topping out of the gully, the summit is only 5min away.

The summit is very flat, so you have to walk around the edge to soak in the views. There're several large cairns (larger than your body). I guess it's because this mountain is so short so that people have time to enjoy the summit stay. Despite the low elevation, the summit view is awesome towards all direction. Due to the sun direction, I didn't get a good view of the Ten Peaks, Larch Valley and Mt Temple, but other than that, the view is awesome. I forgot my jacket and it was a bit windy on the top, therefore I quickly made my way down. The gully offers a very fun scree run down. In no time I got back to the rock pile. It started to cloud over again... On the drive to Canmore, I stopped at Rundle / Vermillion Lakes viewpoint. Awesome view!!

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Consolation Valley
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Consolation Valley
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Tower of Babel
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Tower of Babel
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Typical terrain in the gully
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Typical terrain in the gully
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Near the top of the gully
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Near the top of the gully
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The summit
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Mount Babel
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Mount Babel
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Consolation Valley
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Consolation Valley
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Giant cairns
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Giant cairns
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Panorama Ridge
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Another cairn
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Another cairn
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Bident Mountain
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Moraine Lake
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Moraine Lake
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Moraine Lake
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Moraine Lake
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Moraine Lake
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Moraine Lake
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Rundle & Vermillion Lakes
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Rundle & Vermillion Lakes
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