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The Tan Buttresses

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Black and Tan Towers, The T 
Damn it Feels Good to be a Hamsta T 
Dog Fight T 
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Gimp Route, The T 
Goat Food T 
Hard to Say T 
Hoag-Fisher T 
Lazy Sunday Route T 
MOAC Memorial Route T 
Musafar's Home Cookin' T 
Noth'N But a Good Time T 
Pin Route T 
Space Miser T 
Work-Life Balance T 

The Tan Buttresses  


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Description 

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



Weather station 3.9 miles from here

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',4],['5.10',7],['5.11',4],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

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'   
Work-Life Balance   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 550'   
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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Featured Route For The Tan Buttresses
Seth on Pitch 2. The pitch ends on the nice ledge ...

Musafar's Home Cookin' 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : The Tan Buttresses
This route goes up the flying buttress on the far right of the main section of the Tan Buttresses. The climbing is not quite as good as the buttress looks, but it still is very fun and well protected.P1. Follow easy and somewhat vegetated crack and groove systems about 120 feet up and left to belay on a ledge system on the left side of the flying buttress. This pitch was about 5.7.P2. Step left around the corner and climb a nice, steep, corner system that follows the arete for about 40 feet. Con...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Local Information for The Tan Buttresses
Photos of The Tan Buttresses Slideshow Add 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...
Gentianodes algida
Gentianodes algida
Trundling a death block. Photo by Dan Gambino.
Trundling a death block. Photo by Dan Gambino.
alpine spring beauty, Claytonia megarhiza
alpine spring beauty, Claytonia megarhiza
Climbing great terrain on the Tan Buttress. Everyt...
Climbing great terrain on the Tan Buttress. Everyt...
The Tan Buttresses are visible to the right of the...
BETA PHOTO: The Tan Buttresses are visible to the right of the...
the buttress from the approach ramp
the buttress from the approach ramp
Indian paintbrush (Castilleja occidentalis)
Indian paintbrush (Castilleja occidentalis)
morning light on Tan Buttress
morning light on Tan Buttress
parting shot of the buttress
parting shot of the buttress
alpine thistle (Cirsium scopulorum)
alpine thistle (Cirsium scopulorum)
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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By AOSR
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?

josh
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.