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Aid line (aka: Stoney crack) 5.10. TR 
A-Frame Right TR 
Beehive Chimney TR 
Black's Crack TR 
Charles' Split TR 
Dart Lady TR 
Potholes TR 
Potholes Crack T,TR 
Potholes Traverse 
Vicious TR 
Walk the Plank TR 
Wrath of Kahan, The TR 

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Submitted By: Jordan Ramey on May 23, 2007

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Sunny Wall in the morning, probably shaded in the late afternoon. Pretty uncrowded wall. Rock quality varies. There are several good top ropes on this wall as well as a few lead routes (never seen any of them led though, so don't know if that's entirely true).

This wall currently sports a large beehive in the center (marked in the photo). The more north and south routes can still be climbed relatively safely as the bees don't seem that aggressive. Also, I've noticed the bees don't get going till around 8 am, so if you're super stoked about climbing something near them then pull off a stealth sunrise climb and tell everyone its rated X due to the extreme welt factor ;)

Getting There 

This is the large / prominent wall around the corner (east) of Beethovens Wall, which is actually this walls North Face. Walk up to it on any of the well trod trails.

The beehive located in the center of this wall is home to some very aggressive bees - they'll attack without warning - a teen was hospitalized and a dog killed here in June 2008.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.4 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Back Wall:
Potholes Traverse   V1 5     Boulder, 50'   
Beehive Chimney   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     TR, 50'   
Black's Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 50'   
Potholes Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 35'   
A-Frame Right   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 50'   
Potholes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 50'   
Dart Lady   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Walk the Plank   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Vicious   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
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David Potter on Charles' Split working the crux

Charles' Split 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Back Wall
Just to the right of Potholes Crack on the Back Wall. Staying right of the crack on the face all the way up You start out on crimps and two backsteps five feet right of the crack, then climb up and left. . Gotta hook the tip of your thumb to step onto some crimps, then you move into the crux in which all of your weight is on just your left toe and your right hand with your right foot flagging so you're sideways (looks cool). After the crux you're in a rest position doing the splits (looks cool),...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Closeup of the hive.  The color sucks because of t...
Closeup of the hive. The color sucks because of t...
Back Wall. Note the HIVE's location and steer clea...
BETA PHOTO: Back Wall. Note the HIVE's location and steer clea...
Back Wall - North Section 11. Black's Crack 5.7 le...
BETA PHOTO: Back Wall - North Section 11. Black's Crack 5.7 le...
Back wall after the October 2008 fire.
Back wall after the October 2008 fire.

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By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
May 26, 2007
Potholes Crack can be led - with relative safety.
By J.J
Nov 25, 2009
Did this the other day again, the bees got me nervous everytime the wind picked up. I asked to be lowered down a few times and waited until the wind died down and the bees weren't so crazy.
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