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Tres Frijoles

5.9+, Sport, 380 ft, 3 pitches,  Avg: 2.6 from 8 votes
FA: Eric Fazio-Rhicard & Pat O'Herron
Arizona > Southern Arizona > Mount Lemmon (S… > Mount Lemmon (C… > 8 - Summit Crags > The Fortress > Southeast Face
Access Issue: Potentially unavailable to climbing February through July if raptors are breeding here. Details

Description

Um, I suppose the real crux is, as Squeezing the Lemmon suggests, the last 10 feet of the climb. But, I found much of the climb sustained. A nice route, make sure that you are comfortable with 5.9 - 5.10 moves a body length (or more) above a bolt. At times crimpy, this well protected route is a must-do!

Location

On the upper wall left of Rupleys; this is the first bolt line to the left of the Rupley Route. Begin on the first pitch of Fort Stress (or alternate) from a ledge.

Protection

Bolts and hangers with fixed anchors. Bolt count not available. Bring 15 slings or draws. One hanger is available for the belayer off of the ledge at the start of TF proper.

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Starting from the belay for the start of the 3rd pitch of Fort Stress, Looking up to the top of the 1st pitch of Tres Frijoles. First bolt approximate has been marked.
[Hide Photo] Starting from the belay for the start of the 3rd pitch of Fort Stress, Looking up to the top of the 1st pitch of Tres Frijoles. First bolt approximate has been marked.

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1Eric Rhicard
Tucson
[Hide Comment] A story about the name. This climb was drilled ground up on lead with no hooks. I mention this only as an explanation for the sporty spacing of the bolts. It is easier to climb than stop and drill a lot. It also saves juice in the battery. Anyway, I was about to drill the bolt that protects the move onto the lower angle ramp which is about two thirds of the way up. As I looked for a spot to drill I noticed what looked like a bolt hole so I tried to slide my blow tube into it. It turned out that is was a hole. So I pounded a bolt into it. I found two more holes above that and they were roughly where I wanted to drill again so I used them. It turns out that someone else had started drilling from the top possibly after top-roping the route and had run out of juice or something. I wonder who that might have been? Hmm. In any case I got 3 free holes, thus the name. Oct 11, 2007
[Hide Comment] Nice Eric. Interesting story. Oct 2, 2008
Hendrixson
Littleton, CO
  5.9+
[Hide Comment] Just to clarify, this route is 2 pitches and approximately 160 feet. It begins a pitch or two off the ground and can be reached by climbing the first pitch or two of many routes including: Fort Stress, Gargoyle, and Mid-evil. The second pitch, which is extremely mild, is entirely devoid of bolts but can be protected by slinging chickenheads. The anchors for Fort Stress can be used to belay at the top.

Great route. Aug 23, 2009
Jon Ruland
Tucson, AZ
[Hide Comment] haha, that's hilarious eric! Oct 23, 2015
Bryanz
Arizona
 
[Hide Comment] I led the 2nd pitch of Fort Stress and used the rap down anchors to belay for the start of Tres Frijoles. Scramble up the ramp in the photo to the left or right and when you are directly behind the tower you will see your first bolt on the face.

To clarify, Tres Frijoles requires 3 pitches to the top but is really only one pitch itself. The summit pitch is maybe 5.4 and has zero bolts, gear/slings for heads could protect most of it but is not necessary. If you have already done the neighbor routes this is a worthwhile pitch with fun climbing. Jul 22, 2018
Justin Headley
Tucson
 
[Hide Comment] The belayer's bolt at the proper start of Tres Frijoles is missing the hanger and nut. You can sling a boulder or make a gear anchor, though. Aug 5, 2018