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.
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.
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...
The first 2/3 of the climb isn't great, but it gets pretty fun towards the top. Climbed Ritter afterwards.
With Jerry Nickelsburg. Good climb.
3-day backpacking trip with Jean. we summited on day-2.
During backpacking loop from Minaret Lake.
The descent down from the saddle on hard snow required a nice self arrest by Larry after a wild ride.
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!
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!!!
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.
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!
summitpost climbers log
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...
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.
Climbed from the Ritter-Banner Saddle w/ Laura
Beautiful climb of Banner from Ediza. Great conditions made for an awesome day.
Came from Lake Ediza route. Snow was sparse, but ice axe and crampons were necessary to get to the saddle; the chute coming back from the saddle was very icy and not a fun descent.
Sierra Challenge 2012 Day 2. Climbed with a largish group in a long day from Agnew Meadow. Thunder echoes well over the glacier.
This one really wore me out . . .
With brother Jon. Had to leave abruptly after the trip to speed to LA for the birth of his daughter Sierra -- now very grown up.