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crustBrother

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Correct mountain range! The Sierras. The range of light.

But this peak is quite a bit north of Sequoia and a little bit west

You may have read about Muir's first ascent of the peak right next to this one. He scared the sh!t out of himself and thought he was going to die.
 
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crustBrother

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Close to Banner Peak?
right on top of Banner Peak in fact!

we ascended from Lake Catherine and one of the girls snapped that pic of me up on top

of all that peaks i've bagged, Banner is my fav

one more shot taken back in 2018 from Blue Lake facing east towards the Minarets with Banner and Ritter on the left end of the distant horizon

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Mr Doof

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Thought it could have been Davis or Ritter...never been to that part of the Sierra. I've been trying to get a friend to hike to the top of Banner Peak with me for a while.

You bring an ice ax with you, crampons? Doesn't look like it in the summer picture....you do this in Sept? August? Been told it is easier/faster with some snow.
 

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Thought it could have been Davis or Ritter...never been to that part of the Sierra. I've been trying to get a friend to hike to the top of Banner Peak with me for a while.

You bring an ice ax with you, crampons? Doesn't look like it in the summer picture....you do this in Sept? August? Been told it is easier/faster with some snow.
keep in mind we were coming up from Lake Catherine where we were camped on the west side of Ritter/Banner. i think most folks ascend via Ediza and the Nydivers on the east, right?

anyway, none of us had axes/spikes but *absolutely* should have had them for the route we choose for descent

it was something like this....

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absolute madness without spikes and ax. sooooooo dumb.
 
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keep in mind we were coming up from Lake Catherine where we were camped on the west side of Ritter/Banner. i think most folks ascend via Ediza and the Nydivers on the east, right?

anyway, none of us had axes/spikes but *absolutely* should have had them for the route we choose for descent

it was something like this....

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absolute madness without spikes and ax. sooooooo dumb.
Lake Catherine in 2008. 'They' said that glacier would be gone in 10 yrs...looks like it's still there. Love that whole area...there's a really neat glacier moraine at the base of Banner Peak behind Thousand Island Lake.
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