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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:
Pin Route 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'
The Black and Tan Towers 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches
Anniversary Route 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'
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'
MOAC Memorial Route 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 500'
Noth'N But a Good Time 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 400'
Work-Life Balance 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 550'
Hoag-Fisher 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 350'
Goat Food 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'
Space Miser 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 550'
Astro Goat 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c A0 Trad, Aid, Alpine, 4 pitches, 500'
Fallen Angel 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 330'
Damn it Feels Good to be a Hamsta 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'
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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
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