From our campsite at Thousand Island Lake, we ascended to the Ritter-Banner saddle via North Glacier Pass. From here its an easy talus scramble to the top, with fantastic views in every direction and a dizzying drop to the lakes on the east. Later we bagged Ritter, amounting to a fine day all around.
With only 1 ice axe and no crampons between G Paul and myself, we decided to abandon the snow filled shoot and climb straight up the rock to the saddle. Only major obstacle was crossing the moat (~2ft wide and straight onto 3rd class rock) and navigating the crap snow on the way down. Have an ice axe at a minimum and crampons would be a big help. Ran out of time and will have to come back for Ritter.
Nice climb up the glacier from Lake Catherine. A bit of a slog from there until you get to the summit. Awesome views from the summit from this impressive-looking peak.
A long but very successful dayhike on Day 2 of the Sierra Challenge. A bit of a slog, but nice views.
Day-tripped as part of an alternate group for the 2006 Sierra Challenge. Combined this with Ritter in one day...beautiful weather and incredible views from the summit.
I wanted to day-hike both Ritter and Banner from Agnew Meadows. From the saddle it took me about 40 min to get to the summit. Finding the summit was a little confusing and required a short traverse along the ridge. It took me also about 40 min to descend to the saddle. I hate scree slopes... From there I went up the North Face of Ritter to the summit, down the SE glacier and back to the car - 13.5 hrs total.
It seemed like our group of 3 had the entire Ansel Adams Wilderness to ourselves. We had to start at the resort and hiked most of the way on snow. After setting up camp above Shadow lake we watched the storm break up over Ritter/Banner, then summited Banner the following morning. The exposure down the North Face was impressive.
Unseasonably cold, with new snow the previous night, but a great peak.
Long day hike. Went in the high trail to 1000 island and met a friend a catherine lake. Then up the glacier to the summit
This was my first true peak bagging adventure. It is the perfect introductory Class 2-3 excursion. After a heavy winter, the trip to the summit was straightforward. We did it without crampons, but I would recommend them for the afternoon climb down. I did manage to slide down the main glacier twice but the suncups slowed me down just enough to brake before what could have been a swift trip right into Lake Catherine.
There were about 4 parties who summitted the same day. Each took a different route to the top and back down. On the way up we went over the North Glacier Pass and down to Lake Catherine, then straight up the glacier to the saddle. It was a heavy enough winter that we stayed on snow the entire time until veering left at the saddle to make the final ascent. The final push to the summit from the saddle was very slow going on account of tedious rock scrambling. To cut some time off of the return, we jumped off of the glacier halfway down and found a challenging Class 3 rock route with a few Class 4 legs to add a little excitement. This route took us to the North side of the peak. This required a little route searching and backtracking to avoid any technical climbing, but still saved us time.
Summitting Banner from Thousand Island Lake and the Lake Catherine Route can easily be done in two days, although three makes for a less rushed and more enjoyable experience.
Long, boring climb, especially if combined after ritter. Some interesting cl 3 moves near the summit, but still a slog. Enroute down the chute below the saddle posed some problems for me and I took a hard fall, thankfully arresting. It seemed to take quite a toll on my performance and composure back to camp. All's well that ends well - a fun and humbling experience.
Climbed along with Ritter from the cars on Friday. Then, back to camp Friday night. Hiked out Saturday.
Incredible ascent with bouldering and a cramponless ascent up the Glacier. We were able to step onto the glacier by using treking poles and a retrieval rope so that each of the Venturers could ascend. Weather was perfect and the views tremendous. We believe we saw Mt. Diablo at 283° but will have to verify.
Summiters included: Quin S, Ross O, Drew L, Scott P, Emerson P, Andy S and Jeff L
Starting from the 1000 Island Lake area, we were on snow most of the way to North Glacier Pass. Contoured around toward the glacier, crossing a few steep snow slopes (one of which had some icy stretches and proved to be the most treacherous part of the entire climb). We were using ice axes, but never broke out the crampons. The glacier was a cruise with soft, steppable snow. Got up to the saddle, and slogged up the final stretch. Summit was a bit obscured by clouds, making route finding slightly more difficult. Just kept going up until couldn't go up any more. After visiting several of the high points and giving up on finding the register, I found it. Route from 1000 Island Lake was fairly long, but technically easy and very pretty.
Nice rock scramble.
From saddle, approached from garnet lake side and descended to Catherine Lake side.
Day hike from Agnew Meadows. Hiked into Ediza Lake and then went cross-country. One of my best days in the hills.
Very worthy peak- one of the gems of the Sierra! After talking about this trip for the better part of a year, Lara & I finally got over here. Thousand Island Lake is probably one of the most beautiful campsites I've ever had.
After getting a late start, got to the Ritter-Banner saddle at 14.00. Going to the R of the standard (steep) talus slog, went up some enjoyable 4th class (somewhat slick, but nice & solid metamorphic rock- cool!) to end up R of the true summit. Traversed, summiting @ 16.07. Lara ended up a few minutes later.
Enjoyed spectacular views- great views of Mono Lake, Lyell-area peaks, northern Yosemite peaks, Mammoth-area peaks & beyond (& of course Ritter!). Ritter's N face still had unmelted 'powder' covering ledges from a recent storm, making for dicey-looking, exposed 3rd-class. Hung out for awhile, enjoying the great weather.
Left the summit at 16.55. Got back to camp late- very grateful for an almost-full moon (actually a beautiful night for a no-headlamp return). Hopefully Ritter's impressive-looking summit is in the future.
Much higher quality rock, and a much better experience than next-door Ritter, which we climbed earlier in the day. See the trip report for all of the sordid details.
September 19, 2007 Climbed the East Corner route, III 5.7, long day. Here's the trip report.