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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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Damn it Feels Good to be a Hamsta 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CO : Alpine Rock : ... : The Tan Buttresses
Not that I'd know how it feels. This is the first route to the top of the tallest tower on the Tan Buttresses. It has some choss, but the crux pitch is great steep crack climbing on mostly excellent rock.1) Climb into the corner system and follow it to a grassy ledge shared with the first pitch of Dog Fight. Follow a ramp up and left until your rope or rope drag requires you stop. 5.9.2) Continue up and left along the ramp until a pleasant dihedral is reached. Belay at the top of the dihedral be...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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