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Banana Split

5.9, Trad,  Avg: 2.3 from 46 votes
FA: unknown
California > Sierra Eastside > Lone Pine Area > Alabama Hills > Western Wall Area > Tall Wall


To the right of "Bananarama", climb seams and face, passing a bolt, and the obvious wide crack. Move up and right from near the cracks top to anchors.


Pro to 3"-4" or wider.

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"Banana Split".<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
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[Hide Comment] Guidebook rates this climb 5.10a. Face entry feels like 5.9, but definitely not 5.8. Route takes pro to 8"

Brutus Oct 21, 2008
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
[Hide Comment] I agree:

Calling this route a 5.10 is a stretch. I give it a 5.9 start, then 5.8 for the rest. Mar 1, 2009
Reno, NV
[Hide Comment] We TR'd this one from the anchors to the right - it was certainly not 10a - pretty easy up the crack May 15, 2010
Josh C
Somewhere out West
[Hide Comment] I agree with Bruce. I always thought the crux was around the bolt on the face at 5.9. After that, the crack feels 5.7ish or 5.8ish. I led it with a #4 and #5 C4 and felt relatively safe, though I do admit to sliding one of my cams up with me. Aug 29, 2011
[Hide Comment] Fun crack with decent rests. A good 'feel good' crack with many face features on either side. Big gear up higher -#3 and #4. Aug 7, 2012
[Hide Comment] Fun Top-Rope from its anchor (which we reached from above left, from Bananarama anchor). Top half is a fun dihedral (we stayed away from the wide crack in the back). Bottom has variety of moves using crack in different ways.

top-rope Variation lower half: The face between the Bananarama bolts and the lower cracks. Interesting moves, felt like 10c or so.
. . (some questionable small flakes -- bottom belay should stand off to the side)

top-rope Variation upper half: The arete which is the left boundary of the upper dihedral. Fun moves on very positive holds, felt like 5.6 or 5.5 Nov 28, 2014
Mike Womack
Sherman Oaks, CA
[Hide Comment] I brought a #4 and #5 BD cam with me and had no trouble finding good spots for them.
Overall, super fun route. This was one of my first "harder" trad leads and was great! Nov 9, 2015
N California
[Hide Comment] 5.9 at the most. A couple extra #4s, and a #5 were nice to have. This is a good climb to practice off-width technique. You can avoid climbing the crack the whole way with face moves and stemming. But then you avoid the fun hand and hand-fist stacks. Mar 28, 2016