rruby wrote:I'm thinking of climbing/hiking Banner Peak, more than likely up the west face. However; though normally it appears people hike to Lake Ediza (9265 ft) and up to the Ritter-Banner saddle, followed by class two up the west face, a couple from Mammoth, that I ran into on Mt Conness recently, said they normally hike to Thousand Islands Lake (9833 ft). They summit via Lake Catherine, and from there, up the west face. Are there any preferences, or any reasons anyone is aware of for choosing Ediza Lake for the approach. Ediza Lake is closer to Agnew Meadows, but Thousand Island is higher. My plan is to enter at Agnew Meadows and overnight before the summit.
rruby wrote:Thanks for the info. I was wondering about whether the route/glacier from Lake Catherine to the saddle requires crampons right now, or can I get away with Kahtoola Microspikes? Apparently it's less steep than the glacier from the east side of the saddle, and right now I'm not sure, but I might be able to avoid the glacier altogether and still stay on class2/3 terrain. anyone been over on that side lately?
Might hang around and try Ritter afterwards, or try Lyell on the way back to SF.
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