Arguably the premier wall of the Hairpin Turn Area, the Backhand Wall features a number of lengthy vertical sport routes, most of which are in the 5.10-5.11 range. There is also one mixed route Triangulate.
While these routes are well-bolted and mostly vertical, the rock is a bit chossy. As such the climber should move with awareness and helmets are recommended for belayers.
The Backhand Wall receives little to no sun, making it climbable on all but the coldest and hottest days.
The Backhand Wall
is reached by hiking through the boulder and sand filled wash. Take the path of least resistance, following the faint climber's trail when visible. Watch the left side of the wash for a trail the rises out of the grass to the base of the cliff as you would to reach the Forehand Wall
or the Left Hand Wall
. Follow the trail north (right / away from the highway) and round a 90 degree corner turning to the left. This is the base of the Backhand Wall
. Hike the scree-filled trail uphill to your desired climb.
The approach takes 15-20 minutes.
Weather station 4.0 miles from here
10 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Backhand Wall:
Big Bull 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 90'
Bosch it 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Triangulate 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
GAC Rulz 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Grid Iron 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Moms Rock 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 90'
Grid Locked 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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GAC Rulz 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b AZ
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Contouring along the Lefthand Wall you will take a left up a scree gully. Be careful here as it is alwasy loose and it is always possible to take a nasty ride down the scree likely injuirng oneself in the process. GAC rulz is the middle route between Triangulate and Big Bull. The route is vertical with the crux at a small roof aout mid way through. This climb is equally as fun as Big Bull. ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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