Backhand Wall Rock Climbing
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.
Climbing Season For the 1 - Lower Highway area.
Weather station 4.0 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Backhand Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Backhand Wall:
Big Bull 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 90'
Grey Wales 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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'
Featured Route For Backhand Wall
Triangulate 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b AZ
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
: ... : Backhand Wall
Fun face climbing through 8 or 9 bolts before crack/chimney system that accepts gear. Seems that most folks are mistaking this route for GAC Rulz and thus climbing rack-less. I've found a leave-it draw and biner on the uppermost bolt on 2 separate occasions w/in the last month (I too thought I was on a sport climb
). A skeleton rack would get the would-be adventurer past the surprisingly solid crack before one could traverse left to Mom's Rock's anchors if s/he didn't have a hankering for chim...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ