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Corona/Dos Equis Wall

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Chihuahua T 
Flare Play T 
Highwayman, The T 
Ranger Is Watching Me, The T 
Scare Way T 
Secondary Inspection T 
Skid Row (aka Air Play) T 
South Buttress T 
Tecate T 
Tres Equis T 

Corona/Dos Equis Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Brian Reynolds on Jun 26, 2002
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Corona/Dos Equis Wall, Joshua Tree NP


The sheer, dark brown Dos Equis is one of the more spectacular-looking walls in Indian Cove, and sports a handful of relatively long, moderate/difficult routes with some nice exposure.

The South Buttress (5.7) is a nice climb along the edge of the face, and some nice-looking climbs on the face itself include Flare Play (5.10b), Scare Way (5.10b), Skid Row (aka Air Play) (5.10d), The Highwayman (5.11b) and Tecate (5.12b).

Corona Wall is a smaller wall located further up the gully from Dos Equis, which offers slightly easier and shorter climbs.

Single rope rap from a collection of not-particularly-well-placed bolts on a small ledge near the left side of Dos Equis.

Getting There 

Dos Equis and Corona are located on the southwest face of the second to last major formation as you head out towards the west end of family camp area in Indian Cove (if you get to Moosedog Tower, you've gone too far). Approach to the South Buttress is direct and very close to the road; the rest of the climbs are located up the gully to the left of the formation.

Climbing Season

For the Indian Cove Campground area.

Weather station 6.6 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Corona/Dos Equis Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Corona/Dos Equis Wall:
The Highwayman   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Tecate   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: "The Highwayman" (AKA Roadrunner). Photo...

The Highwayman 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Corona/Dos Equis Wall
This relatively unheralded classic lies on the left side of the Dos Equis Wall and features thin tenuous climbing throughout most of it's entirety. At the top one can finish direct via a hand crack or cut left along a ramp with a fixed pin (unless it's missing). Originally done without any bolts, this is still a climb to grab your attention for the duration as it is thin, balancy and technical. Excellent moves on good stone make this a gem of the Indian Cove area....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Dos Equis Wall-profile. Photo by Blitzo.
Dos Equis Wall-profile. Photo by Blitzo.
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By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 3, 2003
Approach through family site 71.
By Vernon Stiefel
Nov 28, 2003
Does anyone (Chris / Randy) know what the excellent six bolt route is situated in between the Highwayman and Skid Row? It ends on the Skyline Finish variation (two pitons) to The Highwayman. Very difficult moves to the sixth bolt and short traverse to the Skyline Finish after the 6th bolt.
By C Miller
From: CA
Nov 29, 2003
Not too sure of the name but it and the 4 bolt route to the left of Skid Row (5.10b) were done by Bob Gaines.

Originally the route in question had 6 bolts and 3 fixed pins to a two bolt anchor (I've heard the anchor is gone and it would not surprise me if any of the pins were missing). The climbing is sustained with a crux at the 4th and 6th bolts. The hardest moves were in the beat-out horizontal seam. Given 5.12a but proabably more like solid 5.12b.
By Vernon Stiefel
Nov 29, 2003
There is a piton after the third bolt but it is very close to the fourth bolt and unnecessary. The two pins at the top are rusty but seemingly solid. You could also get small TCU's or brass / small stoppers in for pro but at that point I was just interested in finishing the climb. I agree that the crux moves are solid 5.12. I thought the moves getting to the sixth bolt were comparable in difficulty to the moves after the sixth bolt.
By Vernon Stiefel
Nov 29, 2003
I forgot to mention that the anchors are gone. Whoever chopped them didn't remove the steel shafts or fill in the holes. Also, the horizontal seam above and right of the 6th bolt did appear to be chipped. I used an edge big enough for one and a half finger tips while reaching to the crack.
By Bob Gaines
Jan 16, 2004
The route is called Tecate 5.12b. The route was originally climbed with some aid (including hooks) and the "beat out seam" above the 6th bolt was nailed with a couple rurps & copperheads. The 4 bolt route on the left side of the face is called Chihuahua 5.10b.
By shelby beardslee
From: 29 Palms, CA
Aug 30, 2011
Thanks to the efforts of KP and the ASCA, all suspect bolts and anchors have been updated with new gear on both walls. The fixed pins towards the top were left in place. Hope you enjoy the new bomber pro and if you see KP be sure and thank him and support the ASCA. Their donations this summer have lead to the repair of many routes in Indian Cove.
By Richard Shore
Dec 29, 2012
This cliff offers some of the best climbing in the campground at the 5.10 and up level, and I never see anybody climbing here.

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