Like clockwork at noon the t-storms roll in.
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.
Hike and scramble down the ramp/ledges, leading to the base of the Buttresses.
Weather station 3.9 miles from here
17 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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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'
Fallen Angel 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 330'
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The Black and Tan Towers 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CO
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The Black and Tan Towers are located at the far east end of the Tan Wall. There are two options to reach the towers; descend down the standard Tan Wall 3rd class ramp or for a short easy approach after climbing one of the other Tan Wall routes, continue along the ridge and drop down the 2nd class gulley to the east. There are three towers and they are all easy walk offs from one to the other.Tower 1: Pitch 1, locate two left facing corners (choose one) on the far east side of the tower...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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BETA PHOTO: General photo of the Tan butt's. The white dots sh...
Trundling a death block. Photo by Dan Gambino.
alpine spring beauty, Claytonia megarhiza
Climbing great terrain on the Tan Buttress. Everyt...
BETA PHOTO: The Tan Buttresses are visible to the right of the...
the buttress from the approach ramp
Indian paintbrush (Castilleja occidentalis)
morning light on Tan Buttress
parting shot of the buttress
alpine thistle (Cirsium scopulorum)
I think this guy was scoping out a route on the Ta...
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?
By Jordan Moore
From: Boulder, co
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.