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Banana Split 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Bob Robertson and Ed Quesada, 1987
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Submitted By: Brad Short on Nov 30, 2002
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Banana Split.

Description 

Starts just left of the large, left-facing corner of Cellulite District. Follow discontinuous cracks with a few brushy remnants. Rick Thompson's 2001 guide rates the route 5.9+, but its fairly sustained nature may justify the 5.10a listed in the photo.

The rock somehow feels dusty, and lacks the crisp feel of many Shelf routes. An OK route with some interesting moves.


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7 bolts to anchors.



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By Larry Shaw
Sep 4, 2004
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

There wern't any moves that stuck out from this route, it did seem rather continuous though.

By Anonymous Coward
Mar 18, 2005

I overlooked this route for quite some time as it is easy to walk past, It has some polished rock about a third of the way up that makes you consider a key foot as questionable - given the slippery feel. I really like the moves and enjoyed the position the route offers throughout the upper half. More thoughtful than it would first appear. Don't pass it up...great for the grade. -JM

By Stich
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sep 28, 2008
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

I finally climbed this one as well and found it thought provoking and somewhat pumpy in places. The polished coating on the limestone at the bottom is a coffee color and is quite shiny at the start. It almost looks like enamel paint. Try to avoid putting your feet on that stuff. It's also got a few loose holds, but they don't seem like they will come out.

By mountainmicah83
From: Colorado Springs
Nov 22, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Maybe it is because I am tall, but I don't remember there being any moves harder than 5.9 on this with all of the huge 5.7 rest ledges all of the way up. The last right hand just right of the last bolt from the anchors seems like it could go soon. Just don't use it!!!

By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 30, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

Definitely some awkward movement and slick rock but a fun climb anyway. Good crack technique keeps this in the 5.9 range.