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Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Ritter-Banner Saddle Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2003; June 19, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

My first day on the Sierra Challenge, and my first time up this peak--the climb to the saddle (and subsequent descent) was a bit imposing for my first 'real' use of crampons. I never found the register, although I wasn't really in the mood to search too much for it either--I ended up climbing four distinct high points up there to make sure I at least tagged the real summit. It's kind of a slog from the saddle.

I'd hoped to climb Ritter afterwards, but I was feeling dizzy and light-headed from not much sleep the night before. Ritter would have to wait for another day.

Came back in June 2004, intending to do a Clyde Minaret-Banner-Ritter dayhike out of Agnew Meadows. Unfortunately, once I made it to Cecile Lake I could see there was still too much snow on Clyde Minaret to safely solo the Rock Route. So I headed off to Banner (snow conditions made this much easier than last August), but lightning kept me from Ritter for a second time. Drats. Next time I'll just head up Ritter's SE Slopes!
Posted Aug 19, 2003 6:08 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Ritter-Banner Saddle Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2003  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Day 2 of the 2003 Sierra Challenge. 5.5hr from Agnew Meadows, then on to climb Mt. Ritter next door. Trip Report
Posted Aug 10, 2003 10:42 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: From R/B saddle Date Climbed: July 13, 2003  Sucess!


Banner was a bit of a slog after the fun scrambling on Ritter. We got to the summit of Banner just under 2 hours from when we left the summit of Ritter. It wasn't so stressful, and the talus slog wasn't as awful as we thought it would be. In some ways the view was better from Ritter, with the lakes and Owens valley in view. To climb Ritter and not go bag Banner as well would be a real shame.
Posted Aug 3, 2003 9:31 pm

climbintimeRoute Climbed: From Ediza up the ice chute to Banner-Ritter saddle Date Climbed: July 19th 2003  Sucess!
There were 5 of us that started out at 9:41am on a sunny day. Got to snow field before the saddle and trucked up. We used ice axes and dug steps to get up the chute that is right below the saddle.( about a 70-80 degree angle) When we were in the saddle clouds started to roll over and rain soon followed. Clouds were preventing a view of the top of Ritter, which was included in our original destination. We were forced to take shelter under a rock overhang for 30 min. before the storm blew over. We then boulder hopped up the side of Banner and enjoyed our 360 view of the truely beautiful Ansel Adams Wilderness and beyond. ( Even the clouds couldn't ruin this view) We summited around 1pm. - email me if you are interested in the rest of our trek after the summit.
Posted Jul 22, 2003 1:44 am

Brett ARoute Climbed: West side from Lake Catherine Date Climbed: July 19, 2003
On a rest day at Thousand Island Lake on a boy scout 50 miler we hiked over North Glacier Pass to Lake Catherine hoping to ascend the glacier to the saddle. When we saw the icy glacier starting at the waters of the lake we knew we would need crampons which we didn't have. We went up the rock to the left of the glacier and found a difficult class 2/easy class 3 route. It dropped us near the saddle where we kicked steps up the glacier and climbed the rocks to the saddle. When we looked over the other side we saw thick dark clouds with rain pouring down. We didn't wait long to abort the summit attempt and started racing back down as the rain started and clouds poured over the saddle. We just escaped the clouds and distant lightning and made it back down. My scariest mountaineering experience so far. Trip Report
Posted Jul 21, 2003 1:13 pm

MishaRoute Climbed: Ritter-Banner Saddle from the East (Ediza Lake) Date Climbed: July 12, 2003  Sucess!


What a terrific mountain! It will probably be on my top 3 list for a while. Had a great pleasure to climb this beautiful peak with another SP-er davidkiene, Sam and my girlfriend Etsuko. We hit the snow pretty early, aced the saddle chute and scrambled Class 3 rocks (on the right side of the usual Class 2 route) to the summit. It was interesting to descend 45 degree snow chute on the way back when snow got mushy and wet. Weather and views were PERFECT!
Posted Jul 14, 2003 12:42 am

Dave KRoute Climbed: Ritter-Banner Saddle from the east Date Climbed: July 12, 2003  Sucess!
I climbed this with my friends Sam, Misha and Etsuko. There was snow cover for nearly the entire route. The weather, company, views and of course, the mountain, made this a great climb!

Posted Jul 13, 2003 10:08 pm

KWANZORRoute Climbed: SE Face from L. Catherine via glacier Date Climbed: July 8 1999  Sucess!
A fun side trip along the Muir trail.
Posted Oct 15, 2002 6:13 pm

Dave DalyRoute Climbed: Ritter-Banner Saddle Date Climbed: Sept 22nd 2002  Sucess!

Dave Daly

Nice challenging day hike. As 'snwburd' said, the snow was not the best (slush and ice). Kinda sketchy downclimbing 40 degree incline on an instep. As for the guys from Bridgeport that signed the register in August 2000....you guys are turds!! Airwing Marines Rule!!
Posted Sep 24, 2002 5:15 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Banner-Ritter Saddle Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2002  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Dayhiked from Agnews Meadow with Dave Daly. The snow up to the saddle was heavily runnelled and moderately steep - not in very good condition at all. Between us we had a pair of 10-pointers and a pair of instep crampons. Splitting them up gave us each one solid foot and one weak one - made for the highlight of the climb. 13hr30m CTC - Trip Report
Posted Sep 23, 2002 11:26 am

ocelotRoute Climbed: Southwest Face, Ritter/Banner Saddle Date Climbed: July, 2001  Sucess!


A very enjoyable climb with magnificant views!
Posted Jul 11, 2002 10:00 am

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Banner-Ritter Saddle Date Climbed: July 2, 1996  Sucess!

Bob Burd

This was my first climb using crampons and axe, and the toughest I had done up to that time. I was hooked! Trip Report
Posted Apr 29, 2002 10:34 pm

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