Banner Peak Climber's Log

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Snowslogger - Dec 7, 2023 1:48 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 1987

From Banner-Ritter Saddle  Sucess!

Started hiking up after driving all night from Socal and felt off from the drive and lack of sleep. Went up Banner, but decided to bail on climbing Ritter. The volcanic rock was more like that I was used to in the Cascades and Olympics than the nice Sierra granite!


colingregory - Jul 11, 2022 2:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2022

Backpack  Sucess!

Day 4 of our Sierra High Route trip. We woke early enough and headed around the north side of Lake Catherine. Ascended the NE glacier with crampons and axes before turning our tools and attention on the slightly more difficult glacier portion to access Ritter's North Face Route. Once on the route, I followed Mike's path and instructions when needed. The climbing remained 3rd class but for me it was both chossy and exposed. Just when I felt I was reaching my breaking point I heard Mike announce "we're at the top" and as I turned the final corner I was relieved to see he wasn't pulling my leg. I had made it up! First laid eyes on this beast from the 2019 JMT hike, so stoked to be able to come back and summit. We descended without issue and then slogged up Banner's talus field to its summit. A great day in the mountains I will never forget.


YEM - Jul 27, 2020 12:27 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2020

Nydiver Lakes and Banner/Ritter Saddle  Sucess!

Nydiver might be one of the best lake basins I've ever seen. No one was one the mountain, maybe because this was the last week of the road closure, covid or the horrid snow conditions above the saddle. After making it to the summit of Banner and busting so many post holes, I noticed Ritter's summit ledge completely covered in the same slushy snow. That sealed the deal that this trip would only include one summit. I'll be back for a return trip for Ritter sooner rather than later. On the plus side, the glissade from the saddle extended nearly 1800 ft!


Hyadventure - Nov 14, 2018 2:47 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2018

Southern slopes  Sucess!

Some off route class three. We should have just climbed the snow.

Snowman of Annapurna

Snowman of Annapurna - Jan 31, 2017 6:43 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2014

Hailstorm  Sucess!

Great first scrambling experience. Got caught in an intense hailstorm on the way down, had to death march 10 miles out to the car, which we reached at 4 am. The Sierras are a beautiful place at 2 in the morning.


BobD3 - Oct 4, 2016 8:30 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2016

From camp above Ediza Lake  Sucess!

The snow tongue below the Banner-Ritter saddle was hard on the descent. Took a 150 ft. slide that ended in the rocks, unharmed. Had an axe but didn't take it out of my daypack. Keeping my crampons up saved me from getting flipped. Just rode it out, sun cups and all.
Pretty effing stupid but the lesson was well learned.


Deb - Aug 14, 2016 1:31 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2016

Ritter-Banner Saddle  Sucess!

A weekend and I had the peak to myself?! Great day hike climb enhanced by nice snow conditions in chute. Easy scramble to summit on relatively stable rock, not sure what others are complaining about. Long day thanks to blisters...


cab - Aug 8, 2016 2:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2016

From Ritter-Banner Saddle  Sucess!

The first 2/3 of the climb isn't great, but it gets pretty fun towards the top. Climbed Ritter afterwards.


Romain - Jul 12, 2016 7:35 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2014

Ritter-Banner Saddle and West Slope  Sucess!

With Jerry Nickelsburg. Good climb. Trip report


mengbo - Jul 5, 2016 2:02 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2016

From Ediza Lake  Sucess!

3-day backpacking trip with Jean. we summited on day-2.


Fairweather - Oct 25, 2015 10:58 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 1980

From Banner Riter saddle  Sucess!

During backpacking loop from Minaret Lake.
With Larry.
The descent down from the saddle on hard snow required a nice self arrest by Larry after a wild ride.


wmolland - Jul 20, 2015 9:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2015

R-B Saddle  Sucess!

A fine route indeed! The route is obvious as you approach and after a not too loose approach to the glacier you get a sweet snow/ice slope up a cool and narrow chute to the saddle. Conditions were firm in the morning but the sun softened it all up nice. Great views from the top and an excellent climb!


farristj - Aug 14, 2014 3:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2014

Banner Peak  Sucess!

Tough climb from Ediza lake class 3. Mandatory ice axe and crampons. Very dangerous up the chute boulder fell all the way down the glacier could have easily killed someone. Class 2 scramble from saddle. Had an awesome climb in all but a bit scary as well!!!


CWessels - Aug 8, 2014 7:01 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2014

West Slope from Catherine  Sucess!

There's a fun class 3 section just south of the main scree gully that leads to the summit. The rock quality wasn't nearly as poor as I expected it to be.


jonmeek16 - Jul 22, 2014 2:50 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2014

Success  Sucess!

Beautiful clear day on the east side. Started from Thousand Island. Headed to Lake Catherine and up the ridge quite a ways before getting on the snow field. Beautiful views from the summit and off by 11am. Thunder & lightening to the west by 2pm!


larrychenshen - May 28, 2014 11:49 pm

summitpost climbers log  Sucess!

summitpost climbers log

JeremiahJohnson - Oct 27, 2013 11:39 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

Loved it  Sucess!

Did this as a side trip on a JMT thru hike that included lots of extra peaks. Decided to climb it spur of the moment after seeing it in person (how could you not?!?). Approach via 1000 Island Lakes. Took a slightly different route down that got into some (not so fun) class 4 down climbing. Wish I had time to do Ritter too. Next time...


orbitor - Aug 20, 2013 5:52 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2013

Ritter-Banner Saddle from Ediza Lake  Sucess!

Successful second attempt two years after failed first. Following climb of Ritter the previous day, this was supposed to be easier, but the couloir leading to the saddle is STEEP. Talus hop and class 3 climbing to summit were tiring, but the views were incredible. Perfect weather made it that much more memorable. Descending the couloir in soft snow entailed some tense moments, but everyone cleared it safely. Hiked back out to Agnew Meadows the same afternoon.


Donno - Aug 13, 2013 11:55 am Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2002

From Saddle  Sucess!

Climbed from the Ritter-Banner Saddle w/ Laura


GlennD - Jun 3, 2013 2:24 am Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2013

Gorgeous Views!  Sucess!

Beautiful climb of Banner from Ediza. Great conditions made for an awesome day.

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