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The Tan Buttresses

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The Tan Buttresses 


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Description 

This is the rock formation(s) that make up the north side of The Black Wall (Chicago Lakes) cirque. The Tan Butt's are very obvious from any point in the cirque. The granite can rival anything in RMNP. This formation makes up the south side of Gray Wolf Peak.


Getting There 

Start by parking at summit lake and hiking the climbers trail up Spaulding, as for The Black wall. Traverse the top of The Black Wall and hike up a short distance until a ramp/ledge system appears on the right. Leave your packs at the top of the ramp.

Hike and scramble down the ramp/ledges, leading to the base of the Buttresses.


17 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Tan Buttresses:
Lazy Sunday Route   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 550'   
Dog Fight   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 560'   
Hard to Say   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   
Hoag-Fisher   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 350'   
Work-Life Balance   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 550'   
Fallen Angel   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 330'   
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Pitch 1 and 2.

Hoag-Fisher 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : The Tan Buttresses
P1 - start left of "Lazy Sunday" one blocky slabs or left side of left-facing dihedral (preferred), underneath obvious roof + handcrack above. Meander to find gear up to a small belay ledge approximately 35' below roof + crack. 5.9(R), 90'.P2 - climb a nice crack system through some grass hummocks up and into the overhang. Climb through nice finger crack right of overhang or stem on the left side, eventually gaining the right-facing handcrack above in either scenario. #4 cam ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of The Tan Buttresses Slideshow Add Photo
General photo of the Tan butt's. <br />The white dots show the general begining and end to the route "Noth'n but a good time".
BETA PHOTO: General photo of the Tan butt's.
The white dots sh...
Gentianodes algida
Gentianodes algida
Trundling a death block. Photo by Dan Gambino.
Trundling a death block. Photo by Dan Gambino.
alpine spring beauty, Claytonia megarhiza
alpine spring beauty, Claytonia megarhiza
Climbing great terrain on the Tan Buttress. Everything on The Tan is soooo good. Only 45 minutes from the road!!!
Climbing great terrain on the Tan Buttress. Everyt...
The Tan Buttresses are visible to the right of the climber in red. You can also make out the ramp leading to the base of the cliffs.
BETA PHOTO: The Tan Buttresses are visible to the right of the...
the buttress from the approach ramp
the buttress from the approach ramp
Indian paintbrush (Castilleja occidentalis)
Indian paintbrush (Castilleja occidentalis)
morning light on Tan Buttress
morning light on Tan Buttress
parting shot of the buttress
parting shot of the buttress
alpine thistle (Cirsium scopulorum)
alpine thistle (Cirsium scopulorum)
I think this guy was scoping out a route on the Tan Buttresses as well.
I think this guy was scoping out a route on the Ta...
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By AOSR
From: Wherever we park!
Sep 20, 2010

Fun wall, short approach, much easier and less committing than the Black Wall, and decent rock. However, it certainly doesn't rival any rock found in the park. Any route on Hallett, for instance, is of significantly higher quality.

By J. Thompson
From: denver, co
Sep 21, 2010

Perhaps climbing more than 1 route would be recomended before making statements about the entire formation?

josh

By Jordan Moore
Jul 10, 2013

Additional approach beta:
Hike out of Summit Lake parking lot following Mt. Evans trail, then veer off this trail as it starts to take you uphill and away from the Black Wall rim, follow the rim past the Black Wall. Now to find the ramp that drops you off at the routes continue following the rim past the largest gully. After you pass this gully and the rim starts to turn north, you will find the ramp on the other side of the next buttress/ prow feature.