|South Peak - West Face
Climb a blocky, right facing set of flakes with an exciting finish to a ledge. The flakes form an arc, hence the route name. There are typically some loose flakes or blocks on this route, so be cautious.
From Banana, you can climb Debbie and gain the Gunsight Notch, or angle left, then right up some ledge systems on easy ground to the Gunsight Notch.
Begin directly below the Gunsight Notch on the West Face of the South Peak. Take the trail used for Old Man's Route and head up to the wall from there.
Standard Seneca rack
Jon pulling on his Banana.
Matt Brainard leads Banana
Bananas. Cool, if only it was longer.
BETA PHOTO: From the ground.
From: Somerville, MA
Apr 19, 2009
Definitely watch the loose rock. As of April '09, there was a large (10 lbs?) block loose about 3/4 of the way up. Would have made a great hold...
Sep 6, 2012
I'm always afraid that the entire route is going to fall away if someone takes a leader fall in the top 3rd of the route. If you feel sketched at the top, use the tree-it's not a competition!!
|By Cody Bradford|
From: Boone, NC
Nov 13, 2012
Agree with the above comment. Top half of this climb is a no fall zone. That being said, you could be written in the next guide as the one who brought Banana down. Seriously, don't fall.
|By Jonathan Dull|
From: NC High County
Nov 14, 2012
Banana has some neat moves and offers the new Seneca leader steep heads up climbing! The crux is probably more like a 5.7 or 8 and is the obvious section up high before the top out. I also agree with the above comments; DO NOT fall on this route or it may come with you!
|By Andrew G|
Jun 2, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Shouldn't the flakes be described as right-facing? Fun route, regardless, and tougher than it looks.
And the loose blocks on the upper part of the route are still there.
|By Mark Cushman|
From: Cumming, GA
Jun 4, 2014
@Andrew G - thanks for the feedback, I changed the description to "right facing". Must dyslexic be I. If I recall, the loose flakes were still pretty solidly wedged in the crack system so they might be there for quite some time. I think they are OK as long as you aren't counting on using pro behind them.