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Banner and Ritter Tune up

July 11th, 2008

 "On the weekend of July 11, Deborah and Adrian climbed Banner Peak along with Carey Gregg, Russell Hayward and Ray Kablanow. The climb was planned within a backpacking trip in the Ritter Range of Ansel Adams Wilderness as preparation for the climb to follow in three weeks of Thunderbolt Peak and North Pallisades Peak. Unfortunately smoke obscured some of the normally incredible views up at the summit, but the journey was beautiful. The beginning of our climb followed a gorgeous creek bordered by a profusion of wildflowers. The climb up the snowfield that separates Banner Peak and Mt. Ritter was very steep, but even through the haze we had incredible views of numerous lakes. Although the summit itself was precarious, we spent a good hour relaxing on a large rock just adjacent and enjoyed our lunch. We descended to the col between Ritter and Banner from which Deborah and Adrian attempted Ritter. We scrambled across a small bergshrund at the top of the steep snow slope onto the rocks of Ritter proper but after a short way we found the route ahead of us was steep and confusing and remembering a passage from the guide book that discussed the deaths of climbers on Ritter we paused to reconsider. After a short but fun discussion we decided to descend. Of course the way down is always the most difficult part of any climb, but we were able to glissade down part of the snow field which sped up our pace a bit."

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