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kevinlr5Long dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2016


13 hour day hike from Agnew Meadows. Ascended the SE Glacier route and Owen's chute. Descended the Secor chute. Tough day, but well worth it!
Posted Sep 25, 2016 10:50 pm

trexkerryFrom Ediza Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2016
On ascent we made the mistake of going south of the SE pinnacle (I believe this is the Clyde variation), this resulted in a very difficult slog up a dangerously loose chute, followed by a traverse across a angled snowfield to reach the SE glacier. From there we were able to ascend the far north edge of the crunchy ice, not too steep but the crampons were helpful. We ascended the slope adjacent to the upper chute, this was not tough at all, leading up to the summit ridge at 12,500 where it was a steep but not too difficult class 2 ascent. On descent we avoided the snowfield and terrible chute by taking the SE Glacier route, skirting below the SE pinnacle and then reconnecting with our morning route, this worked much better. 10 hours from camp to summit and back to camp. Hiked the 7 miles back to the TH after breaking down camp, making for a long day.
Posted Sep 18, 2016 8:01 pm

DebSE Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2016


Solo climb via SE glacier and a direct line up the southern face of summit, finding some spicy Class 4 in mountaineering boots. Awesome!
Posted Aug 10, 2016 9:32 pm

cabNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2016


After Banner, we climbed Ritter's North Face via the Right Hand Chute. I really enjoyed this route and it's definitely in my top 5 of Sierra climbs to date.
Posted Aug 8, 2016 2:21 pm

JonodoSE Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2016


The scree and loose rock on this peak has to be the worst I've ever experienced. Scenery and view from the top made up for it though. The hike in from Ediza took waaaay longer than I expected for I had to backpack out to Agnew Meadows in the dark. Good trip... great area.
Posted Jul 28, 2016 12:21 pm

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

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