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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.
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.
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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'
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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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 chimn...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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