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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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Backhand Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Big Bull
Sport, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 40
Family Affair
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 25
Bosch it
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 11
Grey Wales
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 8
Triangulate
Trad, Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 36
GAC Rulz
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 12
Grid Iron
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 13
Grid Locked
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 21
Moms Rock
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Big Bull
 49
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Family Affair
 40
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Bosch it
 25
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Grey Wales
 11
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Triangulate
 8
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Sport
GAC Rulz
 36
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Grid Iron
 12
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Grid Locked
 13
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Moms Rock
 21
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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