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Undulating granite on Banana Peel's 3rd pitch. The...
The start is as for Diedre. Up the slab to the crack that moves right. VERY Easy all the way across the slab. Sling tree on the way by. Simulclimb the first 2 pitches (5.2 at the most!) till you get to a dirty ledge with a tree. Belay here or sling the tree and Head up the slab right in front of you to a tree belay on the left. (SHORT!! Pitch you can even simul climb this part if you wanted cause there is no pro on the slab so it doesn't really matter if you have a belay).
Head up the slab aiming for a right facing corner past a bolt look for good holds above your head and have at it (Crux 5.7). Ramble left up a finger crack traverse and belay at a tree. Continue up the route following the obvious line of water scoops to a little alcove and a gear belay.
Surmount the slab (crux 5.7 a little freaky but super fun!!) along a small ripple upwards to a huge hole then you have 2 options.
- Option 1 Place a cam high on the flake to create a semi toprope for the second coming across the slab and belay from a tree island below.
- Option 2 continue up a corner to a huge flake and to a tree belay up and left. (If your second is confident then go for option 2 you eliminate a belay)
Ramble up the water scoops (5.easy) and either a gear belay at the overlap just below a big block or do a little simul climbing so that you can belay from behind the big block and ramble up the final easy slab (4th class) to the tree belay at the finish. This route is 2 moderate moves then jug haul flake fest in between. Super fun though a little run out in spots.
BETA PHOTO: At the belay looking at the crux 3rd pitch, the li...
Tree stem start to third pitch of Banana Peel
BETA PHOTO: Start of Banana Peel looking up, note the birch t...
Continuing on the foot ledge on the second pitch o...
First pitch of Banana Peel
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Feb 12, 2015
FA: Dan Tate, Barry Hagen, July 1965
By Seth Webster
Aug 28, 2015
For the unprotected third pitch, I found it best to stem off the birch tree. You could stem off the other trees, but the slab is a bit harder there.