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Big Bull S,TR 
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Triangulate T,S 

Backhand Wall  


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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.0 miles from here

9 Total Routes

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

The Classics

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'   
Family Affair   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Bosch it   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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'   
Grid Locked   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Moms Rock   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 90'   
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Featured Route For Backhand Wall
Photo by Paul Crowder.  Rusty Reno just off the ground.  Pretty sure this is Big Bull, but don't have a guidebook for reference.  The route description on this page seems to match the route that we climbed.

Big Bull 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Backhand Wall
Start in corner near right end of wall, just right of a large flake at the base of the cliff. Climb thin moves 12' to lieback and difficult bulge protected by bolt. Traverse left on ledge and climb bolts up to large flake. Lieback flake for 15' and exit right to small ledge.Easier climbing for 20 feet leads to more thin moves below two bolt anchor. Fun and pumpy!...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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