After the Memorial Day weekend snow left the high country dicey with 1-2+ feet of unconsolidated snow we opted for a super slog of Ritter from the locked gate at Minaret vista. Climbed the Clyde variation of the SE glacier route almost exclusively in snowshoes (based on our previous experience above the Hourglass Couloir on Mt. Dade a few days earlier), with the exception being the traverse of the SE glacier where we opted for crampons. Views were great, we didn't see another person from TH to TH, and even caught a ride from the Reds Meadow store manager back up the road to the gate. Great trip!
I think I took the Clyde Variation Route. There was some snow around, but it didn't slow me down too much. It was really cloudy during the approach, so navigation was a bit tricky. Great views once I finally made it to the top, as the skies cleared up in my honor. I think you can see Half Dome from the peak. The dog made it up as well. Bravo!
Soft snow conditions, no crampons needed for this afternoon climb.
Hiked it on Columbus day weekend 2006. Beautiful day, beautiful mountain. Did it as an overnight and took our time to enjoy it, it was glorious!
Awesome day, warm temps and no wind. Climbed with Adamus, 13hr round trip.
Awesome climb! The snow on the saddle was a bit soft for my crampons. My points just cut through the snow like butter, even though it was still early in the day. A smaller snowfield at the base of the north face was quite icy though, and I was glad my crampons were sharp for that. Took the right chute up through some class 3 ledges, which was very enjoyable. The ramp was snow-free and full of loose rock, so we took the class 3 bypass on the side. Descended the SE glacier, which was snow-free as well. 13 hours R/T. Tagged Banner too.
With Peter & Rahil. 10-1/2 hrs r/t from Ediza, by a variation to the standard route.
Climbed with Anthony B. Great day in the mountains!
Backpacked in to the tarn below Ritter/Banner with Dan. Nice hike up by the Ritter Glacierette on the southeast side. Lots of loose rocks.
Great climb up the right chute (Clyde's route) after surmounting the icy snow tongue. Snow was easily bypassed on the ramp making this an easy ascent. The descent wasn't any fun down the SE backside. Made it back to camp at dark with no headlamps. Peak #4 on JMT adventure.
What a great peak, but the mosquitoes were out of control!!!!
Climbed the North Face via Lake Catherine and the Rush Creek Trail (Silver Lake). Descended the North Face and then did Banner. After returning to Ritter-Banner Saddle, descended to Nydiver Lakes across to Garnet Lake and back up to Agnew Pass. A 12 hour, 15 minute day.
From our Thousand Island lake campsite, we ascended to the Ritter-Banner Saddle via North Glacier Pass. The snow was pretty soft and crampons weren't really necessary at any point. After bagging Banner, we climbed the right chute of the north face, then, when the classic ramp looked a little dicey due to snow, we traversed around and climbed the broad but steep west face directly to the summit. Great climbing and a fantastic view = elated.
Nice snow condition. We didn't need crampon on the way up even though we carried them. No postholing either. Lots of glissade on the way back.
This was my first Sierra peak, and it was the peak put me under the spell of mountaineering.
We had perfect conditions, with soft snow and some clouds - but no postholing or storms.
We did sort of regret going up Secor's chute because of the loose and steep rock, but we all made it up without any major problems. We descended via Owen's chute.
Climbed with Charles from camp at Catherine Lake. Waited 2 hours for the sun to soften the snow around middle Ritter Lake, but still too much frozen high-angle snow on the "class 2" west slope, so we climbed class 3 rock, got off route and corrected. Decided that going down the North Face would be a lot easier than our ascent route. Had a little trouble figuring out the route down, but finally made it back to camp at 6 pm and back to Agnew Meadows at 1:30 AM. We 2 climbed Mt. Davis the day before, and camped with Kathy, Shawn, and Peter. Views from both peaks were beautiful. More pictures will be posted at http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/553569003EXsQSQ as time permits.
Climbed along with Banner as part of the Sierra Challenge(alt peak). Beautiful climb, the SE glacier is a bit of a maze.
Came from Agnew Meadows as part of Sierra Challenge. We came up from the saddle after summiting Banner and went up the right-hand chute. Very enjoyable climb on solid class 3 rock and descended down the SE face.
The view from the summit is one of the best I've ever seen.
I climbed Banner and Ritter in a day from Agnew Meadows. Total time car-to-car was 13.5 hrs. From the saddle I went up the right chute on the North Face, then followed the class 3 arete to the summit. Descended SE glacier route and hiked back to the car. Beautiful area, I really enjoyed the hike.