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Rotten Bananas 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Raleigh Collins, "OC"
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Submitted By: Jon duSaint on Dec 15, 2006

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Eight-year-old Bryson Fienup climbs Rotten Bananas...

Description 

Long route up the left side of the formation. Bolt count is approximate - bring extra draws.

Protection 

9 bolts


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By Greg Barnes
Dec 20, 2006

This was a retrobolted old route, FA unknown, you can still see some old bolt holes. Also, the route length is 105', you can't quite get to the ground with a 60m rope, but you can get to the ledge shortly off the ground.
By mark maynard
Sep 15, 2009

craig service and myself hand drilled a 4 bolt 5.8 up this wall in 89': called it wadcutter, the base was really shot up
on the back of this formation is a three bolt arete to face we never completed
By boulderkeith
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 6, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I can confirm that is more than 30m to the chains. Greg's 105' seems right.
By LifeIsGood
From: Reno, NV
May 15, 2010

I thought Rotten Banana's was slightly more difficult than Bananarama.

I agree with the beta on the rope length. We had a 60m and it was a rope stretcher. My belayer stood on the hump/ledge to meet me. The 70m would have made it no problem.
By Jeff Mahoney
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Apr 16, 2012
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This does have a thinnish move about 3/4 of the way up that's "harder" than anything on Bananarama.

Also note that it shares the last bolt with Bananarama (and yes, your belayer should tie in if you're on a 60m)
By kenr
Nov 28, 2014

A little harder, and a little more interesting than Bananarama
By Matthew Fienup
Administrator
From: Ventura, CA
Feb 9, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I thought that this route felt easier than Bananarama by a full grade. It also felt better protected. The route's hardest moves seem to all have a chest-high bolt. By comparison, I remember pulling two different 5.8 cruxes on Bananarama, where the bolt was well below my feet.

This is an awesome route on one of the coolest formations in the Hills.
By Will H.
Mar 24, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Agreed on the hardest moves all being comfortably protected. Felt more flowy than Bananarama, but it's best to do both!

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