Mount Ritter Climber's Log

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Jesus Malverde - Aug 31, 2013 7:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2013

SE Glacier route solo  Sucess!

Fun climb. Nice to finally bag this one after an Oct 1991 climb of Banner and years of driving up and down 395 looking at it. 6.5 hours round trip from Lake Ediza. 51st Calif. county highpoint. Rock'n Roll baby!


orbitor - Aug 20, 2013 5:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2013

SE Glacier from Ediza Lake  Sucess!

Hiked in from Agnew Meadows, set up base camp at Ediza Lake. Went up Ritter first on Friday - from cirque with Banner, climbed a waterfall to lower snow slopes, into the glacier, up Owens Chute and talus hop to summit. Sky was overcast, but views were still incredible. One of the classic climbs of the Sierra!


Donno - Aug 13, 2013 11:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2007

SE Glacier  Sucess!

10-1/2 hr summit day from Ediza with Peter & Rahil

danblock - Jul 16, 2013 6:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2013

SE Glacier  Sucess!

Climbed with Marshall and Charlie. We stayed Thursday night at Devil's Post Pile NM, hiked in via Shadow trail and camped near the tarn that is the start of Shadow creek. An Alpine start made for nice snow travel with crampons though we had to take the on and off a few times in this low-snow year July. Clear skies and low winds on the summit at 8:30am. After descending we broke camp and did the traverse from Iceberg Lake to Minaret Lake (past Cecile). The next morning we hiked out via the Minaret Creek trail.


countrykyle - May 16, 2013 10:14 pm Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2012

no snow :(

Had to turn back at the base of Secors Chute. There was no snow in the chute and we couldn't climb the scree without knocking down loads of rock.

ronaldR - May 12, 2013 3:35 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 1973

Distant but great memory  Sucess!

Lake Eliza to glacier to saddle and up with father and best friend. Met up with crazy hippie on summit who had just come up north face freehand with full pack and was smoking joint before descent down glacier using pack as sled and ice axe for control. Do not try this.


tdoughty - Mar 4, 2013 10:24 am

Round Trip  Sucess!

Sometime in the distant past w my brother in law from the saddle between Ritter/Banner, then down the opposite side.


plumeria - Oct 1, 2012 4:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012

Up North Face down SE Glacier route  Sucess!

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.


MValentine - Sep 21, 2012 1:16 pm Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2012

Ediza and Ritter Summit  Sucess!

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!

ripper333 - Sep 15, 2012 12:33 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2012

north face   Sucess!

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


krrt2000 - Feb 26, 2012 8:29 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 1997

North Face via Ediza Lake  Sucess!

With Duane, good climb.


LincolnB - Dec 7, 2011 4:07 pm

Bear encounter  Sucess!

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


iditarod81 - Sep 8, 2011 1:03 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011

Via the SE glacier  Sucess!

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.


bc44caesar - Aug 30, 2011 9:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2011

North Face  Sucess!

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.


MarekB - Aug 21, 2011 5:35 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2011

Banner & Ritter  Sucess!

via north face route with SMG


Darren9 - Aug 21, 2011 6:36 am Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2011

RB twofer  Sucess!

Climbed the North Face along with Banner in one long day from Ediza with Sierra Mountaineering Group.


blueshade - Aug 12, 2011 6:13 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2011

Long Day w/ Banner, from saddle  Sucess!

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.


boyblue - May 23, 2011 7:00 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 1981

SE Glacier  Sucess!

With Dave M. from our camp at Nydiver Lakes. Great climb up a great mountain.


Wild - Oct 28, 2010 12:22 am Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2010

In the eye of the Storm  Sucess!

Stood alone on the summit, surrounded by dark clouds showering down the neighbor peaks. Powerful experience.

Mark N

Mark N - Oct 8, 2010 3:53 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2010

SE Glacier  Sucess!

Solo dayhike from Agnew Meadows. Saw a mountain lion on the road back to Mammoth!

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