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Routes in Backhand Wall

Big Bull S,TR 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Bosch it S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Family Affair S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
GAC Rulz S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Grey Wales S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Grid Iron S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Grid Locked S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Midget Magic S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Moms Rock S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Triangulate T,S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

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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Byron Hempel
Tucson
Byron Hempel   Tucson
In case anyone had the idea to climb here in March, there's bees up the left side of backhand wall! Mar 15, 2017

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