Banner Peak, East Face. On August 9 and 10, Arne Myrabo and I climbed what we believe to be a new route on the east face of Banner Peak. No evidence of a previous ascent was discovered. The route starts about 200 feet to the right of the east-face-direct route on a rib which continues up and slightly right to about 200 feet below the summit crest and about 800 feet north of the actual summit. The climb begins on the left side of the rib in left-facing books which continue for about 200 feet. We climbed the rib for about ten pitches of class 4 and class 5. From this point, 200 feet short of the summit crest, we traversed up and left two easy pitches to a stance slightly left of some white water stains on overhanging rock. A short difficult pitch straight up leads to the crest. Easy climbing leads 800 feet north to the summit. One bivouac was required on the face because we started the first day from Agnew Meadows. We climbed clean. NCCS III, F8.
Kim Grandfield, Unaffiliated