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South Peak - West Face
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YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Mark Cushman on Oct 16, 2007
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BETA PHOTO: Major Seneca features to aid in locating routes


Climb a blocky, left 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

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Jon pulling on his Banana.
Jon pulling on his Banana.
Matt Brainard leads Banana
Matt Brainard leads Banana
Bananas. Cool, if only it was longer.
Bananas. Cool, if only it was longer.
From the ground.
BETA PHOTO: From the ground.
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By cjdrover
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...

By climbinbob
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!