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Banana Peel T 
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Science Friction (to Left Eyebrow) T 

Banana Peel 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 400'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Aaron Hobson on Jun 25, 2011

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Jon Tylka trying not to slip on the Banana Peel

Description 

This prominent right facing corner is just to the left of Science Friction (to Left Eyebrow), and is another variation start to the Left Eyebrow. It is a very attractive corner, which peels back to the right for 150ft. It is made for lay-backing, and offers just enough stances to keep from getting too strenuous.

P1: Start off to the right from the corner and climb in to the left on good flakes and ledges. Get into the corner and layback your way up 150ft. You'll pass some hollow sounding flakes along the way, so tread carefully and test the rock.

P2: Lesser quality and easier corner system. 5.4 climbing for 200-250 ft to join up with Left Eyebrow. Granite is a bit crumbly and there are loose sections, but the lower angle keeps it from being sketchy.

Location 

Hike almost all the way up to the great eye of Sugarloaf. The right-facing corner will be pretty obvious, and is just to the left of the ultra-thin slab climb Science Friction.

Protection 

The crack is often hand-fist sized, so appropriate cams are nice to have. However, other gear can be found as well up the corner, so a regular rack should be adequate. A fixed yellow metolius cam is at the crux, and can be hard to clip since it is jammed in pretty deep. A bolted anchor can be found at the top of the first pitch.


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Jon Tylka, again, this time leading from the left where it's more protectable. Photo Sergio Rudin.
Jon Tylka, again, this time leading from the left ...

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