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Mt. Ritter, Ansel Adams Wilderness, June 2001

In late June 2001, EB, Liz, Griffin and I headed up to Mammoth to do some climbing in the Ritter Range.  Our goal was the namesake and highest point of the range, Mt. Ritter (13,150').  Photos and trip report follow.  Enjoy.

 

                   -Rich


Overview:

Mt. Ritter is the highest peak in the Ritter Range.  The range lies just west of the Sierra crest, and is characterized by sharp summits formed of metamorphic rock.   Because of its position off the main Sierra crest, and being situated between the Yosemite high country and the Silver Divide, Mt. Ritter provides a spectacular view from its summit.  The hike in to Mt. Ritter is not bad either -- it passes through some of the most beautiful wilderness in California or anywhere else in the U.S.

Route Information:

We climbed the mountain from Ediza Lake via the SE Glacier.  For route information, I am indebted to Alan Ritter, whose repeated attempts to climb "his" mountain are well documented on the climber.org website.  Having scoured the web prior to our trip, I can say that Alan's trip reports (and the other reports available at climber.org) are the most definitive source of Mt. Ritter information available on the web; I encourage a visit.

If you don't care about our climb, and just want to see the route description, click here.  Otherwise, click on the link below to see the photos and trip report.

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