Part of what I had hoped to be a three summit weekend, but one out of three isn't the worst.
Great snow conditions in the couloir on both the way up and (surprisingly) in the afternoon on the way down. Amazing views of Yosemite, Mono Lake, White Mtn and beyond from the summit! A little disappointing to see all the horse excrement along the trail in such pristine setting, however.
Wanted to do Ritter also, but time and fear of running into 4th/5th class chutes on the north face did not permit an ascent. We'll be back with some rope for Ritter's NF.
In from Rush Creek, camped at 1000 Island. Had snow from 10,000 ft to the Ritter Banner saddle. Not convinced I circled L Catherine the easiest way, but really enjoyed the climb. Stuck to the ridge near the top for some nice class 3. Over to Davis later the same day.
Climbed Banner Peak from Lake Catherine on a long loop starting from Rush Creek, to Banner, to Shadow Lake and returning to Rush Creek. Early season made it more of a snow climb but a fun time anyway! May 22-25, 2009...
Climbed with Greg and Carl on the Bicentennial. We saw fireworks on the summit from camp at Garnet Lake
Climbed this Banner and Ritter on the same weekend with the PCS.
We did it as a two night trip out of June Lake. There is not better way to find solitude than to ski to it.
Fun climb, and my first up any sort of snow pack. Imposing at first, but turned out to be fast, fun, and best of all... easy. It is a simply marvelous mountain. I would not mind doing it again on one of the East face routes someday.
Dayhiked along with Ritter for Day 2 of 2003 Sierra Challenge.
Banner Peak has many routes, but we picked the straight forward climb. We had no crampons, so we roped up on the way to the saddle between Banner and Ritter. The icy chute down to the the lake on the North side of the saddle was spooky. I would not want to slip down that and go flying into the lake. Brrr.
The whole trip was great. From first camp in Toulumne Meadows, walking up Parker Pass, through the icy winds on Koip Crest, and the Lake Ediza campsite slumber before the Banner climb, I dutifully carried my unused ice axe. Glad I had it for the Glissade after summiting Banner.
We reached the summit around 10AM on a perfectly clear day.
My first Glissade was preceded by a nervous hour on the peak wondering how I would survive the Glissade. It was soooo fun! I followed my brother after about a minute and had a blast.
This is a peak most anyone can summit. It is also visible from the highways; so, you can point it out to your friends and family and say, "I climbed that with my brother."
I forget the exact date. I went solo. The road down to Devil's Postpile was still closed, so that added a mile or two. After summitting, I bivied on the saddle, which was exciting. I remember the bugs being terrible down by the lakes.
Dervin and I skied in 10 miles from June Lake to Thousand Island lake. On the summit day we skied from Thousand Island Lake to North Glacier pass then climbed to the Banner/Ritter saddle and scrambled to the summit of Banner. This was a heck of a trip both the skiing and the climbing were lots of fun and a great workout.
My first Mountain from Lake Catherine, via 3 week backcountry hike with Summit Expedition tour. Literally crawled up some of the way after glacier climb almost made me quit.
Great stop on the dayhike, a little hazy from fires, but still well worth the effort!
Tagged on the way to Ritter. Less than an hour R/T from the saddle. Didn't find the register. Good view of Ritter's North Face. An awesome climb!
Let me preface this by saying that I'm not a true "climber". I just have good physical stamina and not a lot of climbing finesse. After cresting North Glacier Pass, I got lost and climbed about 500 ft too high above the "bench" before hitting the glacier. Met two guys, Chris and Bill from the South Bay Area, before the glacier. Getting up the glacier to the R/B saddle was a good workout on my quads without poles. Chris wanted to do the north face of Ritter, so I started to do it with him, but wimped out after trying to get up the steep snow to the right chute (no poles, crampons, and nerves). Crossed the saddle and proceeded to do Banner thinking I had a better possibility of getting back in one piece and/or alive. It was a mind-awaking rock scramble for me until near the top. Then things turned a bit confusing, because the top seemed a bit craggy and couldn't see the actual summit. After fumbling amongst the rocks and talus for several minutes, I finally figured out the route to the summit. Someone urinated on the summit register box, so I passed on signing it after getting sticky stuff all over my hand (the joke was on me!!!). I ended up working part of the climb with the other guy, Bill. His buddy, Chris, made it up Ritter and back to the saddle faster than we summitted Banner. That guy was a real mountain goat! I was really thankfull to have run into those guys for a better climbing comfort level. Exceptional air quality and magnificent views from atop Banner!!! With a little more experience, I must try to do Ritter next time.
Getting from Glacier pass onto the glacier was harder than I expected, though maybe we went the wrong way.
Topped out on Banner from the saddle, views are phenomenal. Had planned to follow with the north face of Ritter and descend the SE glacier. My GF was more than a little intimidated by the NF of Ritter so we chose to descend from the saddle, where my usual climbing partner 'tweaked' a healing ankle, thus a following day ascent of Ritter had to be aborted. Thus, I must return again (had to descend last summer due to partner's AMS) to top out on Ritter. Quite surprised at the near absence of snow and at the smoke filling the Owens Valley from the fires.
Climbed after doing the North Face of Ritter.
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.