8 Pitches of enjoyable climbing on the low-angle south side of the Apron. Not as slick as the name would suggest; Banana Peel offers some nice slab climbing with the odd crack thrown in. Pitches 4 and 6 offer the only real resistance to any would-be sender. A good intro to multi-pitching for beginning leaders.
Submitted by: sponge on 2006-06-10
Route ID: 8740
This is quite runout, and offers little in the way of protection for the belayer. A lead fall on many of the pitches could result in serious injury. Climb the grade, and multipitch well before attempting.
Overall, this is a decent climb if you're looking to get an introduction to Apron climbs. It's a bit slabby here and there with a small headwall for the crux. Nothing's particularly difficult on this climb but, really, it's a great way to test your multipitch skills on a moderate climb.
I led all pitches on this route. It is true the crux pitch protects well (the one for which the route gets its name), but the easier pitches (5.4) felt quite runout. The minor crux (5.6/5.7) is not well protected for your follower (15-20 meters traverse with no protection ?), which is why I would give this route a PG13/R safety rating, certainly not a G from me there. I must say, however, that the route IS stellar.