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Bean Dip - Variation to Frito Bandito T 
Forest Fire T 
Friable Icicle T 
Friction Route, The T 
Frito Bandito T 
Harvest T 
Shady Lane T 
Slim Shady T 
Smoky Strikes back T 

Lower Tier  


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BETA PHOTO: Overveiw of Stonewall Peak, Lower Tier.

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Description 

The lower of 3 tiers at Stonewall Peak. The rightmost tier as viewed from the approach. Hosts the area classic "Frito Bandito". Much of the rock here is crumbly and can cause headache when face climbing as well as serious rope drag due to being J-Tree grainy. Use of slings and back-cleaning gear can help with rope drag issue.

Getting There 

Head up from the hiker's trail or down from the peak. Continue over the railing, in the direction the trail was going before it ended and scramble down from there.

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Weather station 1.7 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',5],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['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]


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Frito Bandito.  Route starts to the right of the r...

Frito Bandito 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CA : San Diego County : ... : Lower Tier
Long route that has it all. Highball face climbing leads to the first piece of gear. Head left around a roof, then up a nice hand crack. Up and right to a small roof (pulling roof is great fun). Up friable face climbing past two bolts (crux). Belay at ledge or climb up the hand crack for a nice finish. Watch rope drag across the rough rock. Use slings and it is highly recommended to back-clean the first pieces in the first roof traverse.Walk left from belay (40') to bolted rap anchor. 1...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By efunk
Apr 5, 2014
Climbed here on 3 April 2014. As Tom mentioned, rock is very friable. Climbed the far left friction route which has only three very old bolts, and Forest Fire (5.8 per Hubbard and Kennedy's guide), an amazing climb. Rap station listed at 100 feet, but we made it easily on one rope with multiple feet to spare.