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lakenyonRitter/Banner Saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2005

lakenyon

Unseasonably cold, with new snow the previous night, but a great peak.
Posted May 14, 2006 10:41 pm

dshoshoneRoute Climbed: from catherine lake Date Climbed: 6/15/2004  Sucess!

dshoshone

Long day hike. Went in the high trail to 1000 island and met a friend a catherine lake. Then up the glacier to the summit
Posted Nov 8, 2005 6:49 pm

tdoughtyRoute Climbed: Saddle 2nd class  Sucess!

tdoughty

nice view
Posted Oct 16, 2005 12:08 pm

jenarrowRoute Climbed: Catherine Lake to Ritter Banner Saddle Date Climbed: August 9, 1998  Sucess!

jenarrow

This was my first true peak bagging adventure. It is the perfect introductory Class 2-3 excursion. After a heavy winter, the trip to the summit was straightforward. We did it without crampons, but I would recommend them for the afternoon climb down. I did manage to slide down the main glacier twice but the suncups slowed me down just enough to brake before what could have been a swift trip right into Lake Catherine.



There were about 4 parties who summitted the same day. Each took a different route to the top and back down. On the way up we went over the North Glacier Pass and down to Lake Catherine, then straight up the glacier to the saddle. It was a heavy enough winter that we stayed on snow the entire time until veering left at the saddle to make the final ascent. The final push to the summit from the saddle was very slow going on account of tedious rock scrambling. To cut some time off of the return, we jumped off of the glacier halfway down and found a challenging Class 3 rock route with a few Class 4 legs to add a little excitement. This route took us to the North side of the peak. This required a little route searching and backtracking to avoid any technical climbing, but still saved us time.



Summitting Banner from Thousand Island Lake and the Lake Catherine Route can easily be done in two days, although three makes for a less rushed and more enjoyable experience.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 6:23 pm

Desert SolitaireRoute Climbed: Ritter/Banner Saddle Date Climbed: August 26, 2005  Sucess!

Desert Solitaire

Long, boring climb, especially if combined after ritter. Some interesting cl 3 moves near the summit, but still a slog. Enroute down the chute below the saddle posed some problems for me and I took a hard fall, thankfully arresting. It seemed to take quite a toll on my performance and composure back to camp. All's well that ends well - a fun and humbling experience.
Posted Sep 5, 2005 5:08 pm

uwjennieRoute Climbed: Western slope from R/B Saddle Date Climbed: 8/26/05  Sucess!

uwjennie

Climbed along with Ritter from the cars on Friday. Then, back to camp Friday night. Hiked out Saturday.
Posted Aug 29, 2005 1:56 am

249EaglesRoute Climbed: Thousand Island Lake-Lake Catherine Glacier Date Climbed: 8/11/2005  Sucess!
Incredible ascent with bouldering and a cramponless ascent up the Glacier. We were able to step onto the glacier by using treking poles and a retrieval rope so that each of the Venturers could ascend. Weather was perfect and the views tremendous. We believe we saw Mt. Diablo at 283° but will have to verify.

Summiters included: Quin S, Ross O, Drew L, Scott P, Emerson P, Andy S and Jeff L
Posted Aug 15, 2005 1:50 pm

mpyleRoute Climbed: From Catherine Lake (near maximal glacier!) Date Climbed: 22 July 2005  Sucess!

mpyle

Starting from the 1000 Island Lake area, we were on snow most of the way to North Glacier Pass. Contoured around toward the glacier, crossing a few steep snow slopes (one of which had some icy stretches and proved to be the most treacherous part of the entire climb). We were using ice axes, but never broke out the crampons. The glacier was a cruise with soft, steppable snow. Got up to the saddle, and slogged up the final stretch. Summit was a bit obscured by clouds, making route finding slightly more difficult. Just kept going up until couldn't go up any more. After visiting several of the high points and giving up on finding the register, I found it. Route from 1000 Island Lake was fairly long, but technically easy and very pretty.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 11:46 am

DeeDeeRoute Climbed: From Lake Catherine Date Climbed: June 17, 2003  Sucess!

DeeDee

Nice rock scramble.
Posted Jul 26, 2005 10:40 pm

danman3156Route Climbed: ritter banner saddle Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012

danman3156

From saddle, approached from garnet lake side and descended to Catherine Lake side.
Posted Apr 19, 2005 2:26 pm

GeneRoute Climbed: Via Catherine Lake Date Climbed: 1979  Sucess!
Day hike from Agnew Meadows. Hiked into Ediza Lake and then went cross-country. One of my best days in the hills.
Posted Dec 10, 2004 8:09 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: From the Ritter-Banner saddle Date Climbed: 25 September, 2004  Sucess!

Diggler

Very worthy peak- one of the gems of the Sierra! After talking about this trip for the better part of a year, Lara & I finally got over here. Thousand Island Lake is probably one of the most beautiful campsites I've ever had.



After getting a late start, got to the Ritter-Banner saddle at 14.00. Going to the R of the standard (steep) talus slog, went up some enjoyable 4th class (somewhat slick, but nice & solid metamorphic rock- cool!) to end up R of the true summit. Traversed, summiting @ 16.07. Lara ended up a few minutes later.



Enjoyed spectacular views- great views of Mono Lake, Lyell-area peaks, northern Yosemite peaks, Mammoth-area peaks & beyond (& of course Ritter!). Ritter's N face still had unmelted 'powder' covering ledges from a recent storm, making for dicey-looking, exposed 3rd-class. Hung out for awhile, enjoying the great weather.



Left the summit at 16.55. Got back to camp late- very grateful for an almost-full moon (actually a beautiful night for a no-headlamp return). Hopefully Ritter's impressive-looking summit is in the future.



Posted Sep 28, 2004 1:26 am

bearbnzRoute Climbed: SW Slope from Ritter-Banner Saddle Date Climbed: August 30, 2004

bearbnz

Much higher quality rock, and a much better experience than next-door Ritter, which we climbed earlier in the day. See the trip report for all of the sordid details.

September 19, 2007 Climbed the East Corner route, III 5.7, long day. Here's the trip report.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 10:47 am

ScottySRoute Climbed: SW Slope from Ritter-Banner saddle Date Climbed: August 30, 2004  Sucess!

ScottyS

After descending Ritter's N Face, Barry Beck & I took a quick trip up Banner. Easy climb, and very stable. A nice summit, with great views! Very low snow allowed us to traverse down some ledges to the glacier, missing the steep couloir in favor of wet class 3 rock in the center of the saddle. From the end of the glacier, the descent sucked until the use trail from Ediza was met. Tennis-type approach shoes don't do well on unfriendly talus! Round-trip from Agnew Meadow was something like sunrise to sunset....
Posted Sep 1, 2004 4:26 pm

PellucidWombatRoute Climbed: West slope from R/B Saddle Date Climbed: May 25th, 2004  Sucess!

PellucidWombat

Hiked in and camped above Lake Ediza the day before. I left camp at 4:10, took an easy pace and reached the saddle by 6am, and the summit shortly after 6:40. I couldn't find the summit register, nor could I easily tell what lump of rocks was the high point, so I traversed the summit ridge before descending to the saddle to continue on to Mt Ritter.
Posted May 27, 2004 9:33 pm

mtnfotoRoute Climbed: From R-B Saddle Date Climbed: August 1976  Sucess!
Day hiked from Agnew Meadow. Climbed to Ritter-Banner Saddle, did Banner first then Ritter. Descended south east slopes of Ritter.
Posted Jan 20, 2004 5:47 pm

Johnhl94563Route Climbed: Western Slope from R/B Saddle Date Climbed: 10/17/03  Sucess!

Johnhl94563

Did a solo ascent. Left Ediza lake around 7am and started the slow tedious ascent of the talus slopes. I didn't like the look of the runneled coulour so found a traverse on the south side of the "Glacier" that headed up the side of Ritter to the saddle. Traversed the saddle and headed up to reach the summit around noon. On the way down ran into "John from Lafayette" and "Frank from England" who just finished climbing the coulour.



A fun climb, but mostly consisted of non-stop talus slopes.
Posted Oct 18, 2003 9:58 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: Western Slope from R/B Saddle Date Climbed: October 11, 2003  Sucess!

forjan

After summiting Ritter at 2:33pm, I descended Ritter's North Face via the Classic Chute. Rested a few minutes at the saddle and started up the western slope at 3:23pm. I reached the summit of Banner at 4:00pm. Remained there 'til 4:15pm. Put crampons back on at the saddle and headed down the runnelled, icy chute by 5:00pm. I pulled into camp (Ediza Lake) at 6:20pm. Broke camp and hiked out. Back at the Agnew Meadows trailhead at 9:40pm.
Posted Oct 13, 2003 11:57 pm

WallylongridgeRoute Climbed: Banner-Ritter saddle Date Climbed: Oct 1991  Sucess!

Wallylongridge

Hangdog Ted, Summit Block and I did this fun route in the fall just to get out and bag some peaks
Posted Sep 16, 2003 10:37 am

ElwoodRoute Climbed: Ritter-Banner Saddle Date Climbed: Sept. 10th, 2003  Sucess!

Elwood

First time in the area, enjoyed the beautiful scenery, but didn't have much fun going up the two talus fields. The short couloir, leading to the saddle, was quite enjoyable. I would suggeust this route in the late spring or early summer for the most favorable conditions.
Posted Sep 16, 2003 12:46 am

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