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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.
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.
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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+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 550'
Dog Fight 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 560'
Hard to Say 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'
Hoag-Fisher 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 350'
Work-Life Balance 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 550'
Fallen Angel 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 330'
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Anniversary Route 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a CO : Alpine Rock : ... : The Tan Buttresses
This route starts with the fun part of the Gimp Route and then climbs some more pleasant pitches in a nice position.Start with the first two (fun) pitches of the Gimp Route, but belay on the far left of the grassy ledge atop the 2nd pitch.3) Step left around the arete onto the front side of the buttress and climb easy ground and grassy steps up for a little over a 100 feet to a really nice grassy ledge. Walk left 25 feet or so from the arete to belay below a flake syste...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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