The Banana Cracks can be a good place to climb on a cold day, as the formation somewhat blocks out the wind. The Left Banana Crack is a fun, short, well protected finger and hand crack, with a mild overhang.
The Banana Cracks are unmistakable. They are about four feet apart at the start, and then diverge as the right one arches out under a roof. Scramble up from the left to get to the large ledge at the base of the cracks.
Gear to 3 inches
Left Banana Crack
Corey at what is probably the awkward crux.
BETA PHOTO: "Left Banana Crack" follows the left-hand crack in...
Left Banana Crack
|By Andy Laakmann|
From: Bend, OR
Apr 8, 2007
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b
Short but SWEET. Excellent jamming leads to a nice stance below the crux - which is exiting the crack. A high hand jam and a long reach with the left hand to some edges will see you past the crux.
Felt soft for the grade for JTree.
Gear: two of each camalots #0.5-#3 (2 or 3 pieces are for the top anchor), and a green or yellow alien are plenty.
We descended climbers-right all the way to the base.
|By Nick Barczak|
Feb 2, 2009
I thought this climb felt more like 5.10a than 5.10c.
|By gregory huey|
From: Riverside, CA
Feb 6, 2009
On a cool winters day these cracks - although they are pretty short - can be a nice place to climb in the sun and out of the wind. I would call this a 10c - the crux felt significantly harder than that on Tinker Toy or Taxman, which are rated 10b in my guidebook.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Nov 29, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
The easiest 5.10 at Jtree for a crack climber. The ease of grade, the simple and good protection, and excellent stances for protection and rest make this a great choice for the budding "5.10" leader.
|By Russ Walling|
Jan 5, 2014
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b
Not sure about that "easiest 10 at JTree" part. It is short, steep-ish and mildly awkward right in the middle. I'm thinking the crux is getting onto the big jug on the arete about mid height. The top-out was solid and features some slammer hand/fist stuff.