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The Tan Buttresses Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: J. Thompson on Aug 10, 2008

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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.

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.

Climbing Season

For the Mt. Evans area.

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Tan Buttresses

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Tan Buttresses:
Lazy Sunday Route   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 550'   
Hard to Say   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   
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Featured Route For The Tan Buttresses
Rock Climbing Photo: Josh Wharton leading the crux first pitch.  Photo ...

Fallen Angel 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : The Tan Buttresses
Pitch 1: Start off the ledge system. Start by liebacking up a short flake wedged in a crack. Reach up and place gear in another flake above. Then climb up and right onto a good ledge at the base of the corner proper. Climb the crack in the corner. The left hand wall is lined with an interesting calacite. Power up this corner using stemming and handjams. When the corner arches left, step out right on a large foot hold. Climb the 8 foot finger crack through perfect granite. You will then gain a re...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of The Tan Buttresses Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: General photo of the Tan butt's. The white dots sh...
BETA PHOTO: General photo of the Tan butt's. The white dots sh...
Rock Climbing Photo: Gentianodes algida
Gentianodes algida
Rock Climbing Photo: Trundling a death block. Photo by Dan Gambino.
Trundling a death block. Photo by Dan Gambino.
Rock Climbing Photo: alpine spring beauty, Claytonia megarhiza
alpine spring beauty, Claytonia megarhiza
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing great terrain on the Tan Buttress. Everyt...
Climbing great terrain on the Tan Buttress. Everyt...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Tan Buttresses are visible to the right of the...
BETA PHOTO: The Tan Buttresses are visible to the right of the...
Rock Climbing Photo: the buttress from the approach ramp
the buttress from the approach ramp
Rock Climbing Photo: Indian paintbrush (Castilleja occidentalis)
Indian paintbrush (Castilleja occidentalis)
Rock Climbing Photo: morning light on Tan Buttress
morning light on Tan Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: parting shot of the buttress
parting shot of the buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: alpine thistle (Cirsium scopulorum)
alpine thistle (Cirsium scopulorum)
Rock Climbing Photo: I think this guy was scoping out a route on the Ta...
I think this guy was scoping out a route on the Ta...

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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: Fort Collins, 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.

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