Sometime in the distant past w my brother in law from the saddle between Ritter/Banner, then down the opposite side.
Hiked up from Lake Ediza through lots of loose rocks to the start of the snow leading to the Ritter-Banner Saddle. Much less snow than I have seen in any pictures. With bendy boots and bendy crampons managed to make it up the steep snow (a little ice too) to the ramp leading in to the right hand gully. From there on it was very enjoyable to the summit on solid rock with awesome views. The descent was a bit of an unknown and the Owens chute (is this the same as the Secor chute? I think so...) is a real nightmare - a pile of rubble waiting to roll down the mountain on to your partner with you trundling behind. Covered in snow it might be fun, but not bare.. it is very loose and dangerous. Finally making it down to the glacier (walked on snow for 2 minutes but completely avoidable), we followed loads of cairns to the trees above the final set of cliffs (veering to our right all the time) and from there found a gulley to descend to the bottom.
Packed in to Lake Ediza on Monday then summitted Tuesday and packed back out. Didn't see another group while we were up there. Crossed the SE Glacier and went up the left side of Owens chute. Left a red cloth sign in the box with the register that has the elevation of Mt Ritter on it that my cousin drew. Can't wait to go back to that area and do some more climbing!
what a proud peak!! climbed own route up and down this peak.. fantastic.. adventure suit was zipped up tight ha.. thanks jim for not yelling at me always makes the day nicer
With Duane, good climb.
Climbed with brother Jon sometime in the early 90's. A bear took our food the first night but Jon chased it, throwing rocks -- with me far behind saying "I don't think this is a good idea..." -- but he got half our food back, enough to keep on and climb Ritter
Beautiful day, great quality snow, but sketched out by the loose rock in Secor's chute, so this took a while. Ended up bivouacking a little below the summit in the Ritz Carlton's High Altitude Suite.
Climbed the North Face after Banner from Ediza Lake. A little loose rock around after the snow section, but the higher one goes, the better the rock and the scrambling. Descended Southeast Glacier (Clyde Variation). Pretty good route, mostly 3rd class.
via north face route with SMG
Climbed the North Face along with Banner in one long day from Ediza with Sierra Mountaineering Group.
Really long single day push from Silver Lake. Annoying amount of snow going up from the saddle made for slow progress until I reached the rock. Must have gotten off route (would have picked a chute filled with snow) and was climbing easily at Class 4+ at the top.
With Dave M. from our camp at Nydiver Lakes. Great climb up a great mountain.
Stood alone on the summit, surrounded by dark clouds showering down the neighbor peaks. Powerful experience.
Solo dayhike from Agnew Meadows. Saw a mountain lion on the road back to Mammoth!
3 day trip with overnight at the tarn near the base of Ritter & Banner. SE glacier route. From the 3 toed buttress took the chute from the farthest right, which I believe is the Maloy Variation. Came down Owens chute after the summit. Owen's an easier slope. Fantastic trip!
Camped below the Clyde variation chute and climbed that route with some short variations to hit some steeper snow. Still plenty of snow and our biggest challenge was getting up and down before the thunderstorms hit.
Brought up a double bagged replacement register.
Fun scramble from Lake Ediza.
Packed in to Ediza with the gf but she wasn't interested in the summit. 5:20 RT from Ediza the next morn. Beautiful area, wish it was closer. Summit views rival the best of the Sierra - Half Dome, Mono Lake, etc...
North face from Ediza lake.
Nice weekend trip, camped by the stream above Lake Ediza and up the standard route. Glacier was a bit icy in the morning so took the first steep, very loose, chute to the north, came down the more enjoyable route to the top of the Glacier. Didn't see another group the whole climb.