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fatdadNorth Face  Sucess!


I approached the Ritter-Banner saddle from 1000 Island with the notion of checking out the South East Corner, an old Underhill route that the Moynier guide rated as 4th class. It looked WAY harder (rated 5.7 on this site) so I kept walking. Glad I did since the North Face was terrific and attention getting.
Posted Apr 9, 2016 11:22 pm

SchwartzOnRitter over Banner  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2012


Got the Ritter Banner col, and wanted to bag both peaks, but looking up at the glacier on Ritter, decided it would take some dedicated climbing, so we gave away Banner. We could see Banner from the top of Ritter and its quite a view. Look forward to getting that one too. My partner was elated on top.
Posted Feb 12, 2016 11:36 am

FairweatherSE Glacier Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2014


Long day from Agnew Meadows with John.
John waited at the bottom before the final ascent.
Beautiful cloudless day.
Starting in the dark I accidentally left my car door open. Luckily the bears left it alone.
Posted Oct 25, 2015 11:10 am

wmollandSE glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2015


The crux was the cliffs at the base of the route. Once these were navigated it was a boulder hop followed by a brief glacier walk in this drought year and then another boulder hop to the top. Epic views and a splendid climb!
Posted Jul 20, 2015 9:09 pm

colinrUp the West Slope & Down the SE Glacier, dayhike loop from Agnew  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2014


From Agnew Meadow I hiked around Thousand Island Lake, up to North Glacier Pass and Lake Catherine, past the Ritter Lakes, and up the west slope. The Meadow Fire near Mt. Starr King & Little Yosemite Valley area expanded explosively on this windy day, sending up a huge plume as I scrambled upward. All but distant north and west views were still in good form as the smoke blew away high to the northeast over Tuolumne Meadows toward and beyond Mono Lake. I descended the SE Col/Glacier route, finding my chosen path steep, nearly bone dry, and loose. Still, I enjoyed it and got to see Ediza area before daylight waned on my way back to the trailhead. Not a bad introduction to hiking in the Ritter Range/Minarets. I'll be back for more!
Posted Sep 20, 2014 2:15 am

CWesselsRight Hand Chute Variation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2014


Challenging and interesting climbing.
Posted Aug 8, 2014 7:03 pm

erics4569Amazing weekend  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2013


Hiked in from Agnew Meadows, camped on north side of Ediza Lake. Left camp next morning around 4am, made summit around 12pm, back to camp around 3pm, trailhead at 8pm. Big day overall, absolutely stunning scenery.
Posted Jul 23, 2014 3:11 am

oliverkaltClyde variation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2014


Beautiful hike. As it did not freeze over night at camp we started early morning from Lake Ediza to encounter the fast rotting snow only on the descent. We enjoyed a perfect sunrise just before tackling the short slope to the saddle of the Clyde variation.
Posted May 29, 2014 12:28 am

FletchOff route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2013


Found a 4th class variation on accident. Long day. But really pretty. Note to self --- go back when there is snow. Scree sucks.
Posted Oct 7, 2013 6:17 am

Jesus MalverdeSE Glacier route solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2013

Jesus Malverde

Fun climb. Nice to finally bag this one after an Oct 1991 climb of Banner and years of driving up and down 395 looking at it. 6.5 hours round trip from Lake Ediza. 51st Calif. county highpoint. Rock'n Roll baby!
Posted Aug 31, 2013 7:38 pm

orbitorSE Glacier from Ediza Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2013


Hiked in from Agnew Meadows, set up base camp at Ediza Lake. Went up Ritter first on Friday - from cirque with Banner, climbed a waterfall to lower snow slopes, into the glacier, up Owens Chute and talus hop to summit. Sky was overcast, but views were still incredible. One of the classic climbs of the Sierra!
Posted Aug 20, 2013 5:46 pm

DonnoSE Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2007


10-1/2 hr summit day from Ediza with Peter & Rahil
Posted Aug 13, 2013 11:47 am

danblockSE Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2013
Climbed with Marshall and Charlie. We stayed Thursday night at Devil's Post Pile NM, hiked in via Shadow trail and camped near the tarn that is the start of Shadow creek. An Alpine start made for nice snow travel with crampons though we had to take the on and off a few times in this low-snow year July. Clear skies and low winds on the summit at 8:30am. After descending we broke camp and did the traverse from Iceberg Lake to Minaret Lake (past Cecile). The next morning we hiked out via the Minaret Creek trail.
Posted Jul 16, 2013 6:13 pm

countrykyleno snow :(
Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2012


Had to turn back at the base of Secors Chute. There was no snow in the chute and we couldn't climb the scree without knocking down loads of rock.
Posted May 16, 2013 10:14 pm

ronaldRDistant but great memory  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 1973
Lake Eliza to glacier to saddle and up with father and best friend. Met up with crazy hippie on summit who had just come up north face freehand with full pack and was smoking joint before descent down glacier using pack as sled and ice axe for control. Do not try this.
Posted May 12, 2013 3:35 pm

tdoughtyRound Trip  Sucess!


Sometime in the distant past w my brother in law from the saddle between Ritter/Banner, then down the opposite side.
Posted Mar 4, 2013 10:24 am

plumeriaUp North Face down SE Glacier route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012


Hiked up from Lake Ediza through lots of loose rocks to the start of the snow leading to the Ritter-Banner Saddle. Much less snow than I have seen in any pictures. With bendy boots and bendy crampons managed to make it up the steep snow (a little ice too) to the ramp leading in to the right hand gully. From there on it was very enjoyable to the summit on solid rock with awesome views. The descent was a bit of an unknown and the Owens chute (is this the same as the Secor chute? I think so...) is a real nightmare - a pile of rubble waiting to roll down the mountain on to your partner with you trundling behind. Covered in snow it might be fun, but not bare.. it is very loose and dangerous. Finally making it down to the glacier (walked on snow for 2 minutes but completely avoidable), we followed loads of cairns to the trees above the final set of cliffs (veering to our right all the time) and from there found a gulley to descend to the bottom.
Posted Oct 1, 2012 4:49 pm

MValentineEdiza and Ritter Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2012


Packed in to Lake Ediza on Monday then summitted Tuesday and packed back out. Didn't see another group while we were up there. Crossed the SE Glacier and went up the left side of Owens chute. Left a red cloth sign in the box with the register that has the elevation of Mt Ritter on it that my cousin drew. Can't wait to go back to that area and do some more climbing!
Posted Sep 21, 2012 1:16 pm

ripper333north face   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2012
what a proud peak!! climbed own route up and down this peak.. fantastic.. adventure suit was zipped up tight ha.. thanks jim for not yelling at me always makes the day nicer
Posted Sep 15, 2012 12:33 pm

krrt2000North Face via Ediza Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 1997


With Duane, good climb.
Posted Feb 26, 2012 8:29 pm

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