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Banner & Ritter

Postby Marmaduke » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:55 pm

I know there have been a few snow flurries in the area recently. Does anyone know the conditions of the Shadow Lake Trail back to Banner/Ritter?
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby Fletch » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:12 am

Dry as a bone. Summited Ritter this afternoon and walked out tonight. Weather is in the 40's at night and 60's in the day.

Other than the glacier, the whole route is dry (and the walk in certainly is). Have fun up there...
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby dskoon » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:17 pm

Fletch wrote:Dry as a bone. Summited Ritter this afternoon and walked out tonight. Weather is in the 40's at night and 60's in the day.

Other than the glacier, the whole route is dry (and the walk in certainly is). Have fun up there...


Fletch, which route did you take? How was it?
Cool on you for getting back there this late in the season!
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby Fletch » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:20 am

Hey skoon, we went up the SE glacier and took the wrong alley to the ridge. Ended up on some 4th class/low 5th stuff and burned an hour getting out of it. After summiting and a few forehead slaps, we descended the right alley... It's great up there right now, if you can tolerate all the loose stuff... I'd think a June climb would be the most enjoyable though...
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby Marmaduke » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:38 am

Thanks Fletch, might be the weekend after now so things could change but we'll be there!
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby mrchad9 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:38 am

Post pics when you get back!
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby dskoon » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:16 am

Fletch wrote:Hey skoon, we went up the SE glacier and took the wrong alley to the ridge. Ended up on some 4th class/low 5th stuff and burned an hour getting out of it. After summiting and a few forehead slaps, we descended the right alley... It's great up there right now, if you can tolerate all the loose stuff... I'd think a June climb would be the most enjoyable though...


Fletch, yeah, as I remember, it does get a little tricky up there. . I got out of the alley/chute, and was a few minutes behind a couple of buddies, who went up
the correct way, to the left, etc, and I couldn't really see the route((this was many years ago), so, I opted for going toward up and around toward the right, which
worked out just fine.
We descended the SE. glacier route, I believe, with some nice glissading right off the top!
Cool climb, and yeah, I'd like to do it again, ideally early in the season, as you suggest.
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby Marmaduke » Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:57 am

Another question, might be hititng the trail at dark. Is it easy to follow (with headlamps) or are there possible route issues? Better to start early morning with some light?
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby mrchad9 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:59 am

You should be fine in the dark to Shadow Lake. Good trail the whole way.
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby Fletch » Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:23 pm

Marmaduke wrote:Another question, might be hititng the trail at dark. Is it easy to follow (with headlamps) or are there possible route issues? Better to start early morning with some light?

I walked out from Ediza in the dark. Very easy trail with a headlamp... there is the turnoff after Olaine Lake and two between Shadow and Ediza, but they are signed and pretty easy to follow.
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby ROL » Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:39 pm

I doubt there is an easier trail to follow in the "high" Sierra. I once hiked out to Mammoth (for an emergency medical procedure) and back to camp on the same night without any light (no pussy headlamps back then).
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby 96avs01 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:47 pm

Fletch wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:Another question, might be hititng the trail at dark. Is it easy to follow (with headlamps) or are there possible route issues? Better to start early morning with some light?

I walked out from Ediza in the dark. Very easy trail with a headlamp... there is the turnoff after Olaine Lake and two between Shadow and Ediza, but they are signed and pretty easy to follow.


Agree, have twice hiked out in the dark without issue.
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby Fletch » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:04 pm

ROL wrote:(no pussy headlamps back then).

Yes, you probably used a torch from your cave... why didn't I think of that?

You tell 'em! Those young whippersnappers these days!

Next, you're gonna tell me it was uphill both ways... :roll:
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Re: Banner & Ritter

Postby Deb » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:07 pm

How do you plan on getting in? Road is closed passed Minaret Vista and there is a FKload of snow back there. How do I know? Cuz I'm sitting on summit of Two Teats right now. :) POST-HOLE MADNESS!
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