anita wrote:ok there
back to suggestions please!
Bob Burd wrote:In most cases, it is well advised to have crampons/axe for Ritter/Banner. You may find however, that Ritter can be safely ascended via the SE Glacier without in this low snow year by this time. As RickF says, A moat opens up on the NW side of the glacier that allows one to ascend the steeper part without having to climb on the glacier itself. The trick is in finding your way across the lower portion of the glacier where the gradient is low. Differing snow conditions make all the difference as you could find it a piece of cake or treacherously icy.
As for the saddle between Ritter/Banner, I wouldn't go up there without crampons/axe unless you can see a snow-free route the whole way. Lots of crappy scrambling can lead to near the saddle where a last bit of snow can stop you cold without proper gear. You might consider approaching from the saddle's back side where the angle is gentler and far more forgiving.
Bob Sihler wrote:Anita, I once went over Bishop Pass and camped in LeConte Canyon for 2 nights, making a day trip to Muir Pass. The third night, we camped at Dusy Basin.
All in all, that was, for scenery, one of the most spectacular hiking trips I have ever done. The mosquitoes in Dusy Basin were awful, though.
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