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Mt. Ritter (Part II), Ansel Adams Wilderness, September 2001

 

On the last days of September 2001, we returned to Mt. Ritter to allow Griffin a second attempt on the summit (which had eluded him a few months earlier in June).  We had a crystal clear fall day, a brilliant near full moon, and we both made the summit.  A great trip.

                  -Rich


Overview:

For general information on Mt. Ritter, see my earlier feature on climbing Mt. Ritter, and the references linked there.

On our June trip, my friend Griffin was turned back about 800 vertical feet below the mountain's summit.  So, on our last free weekend of the summer, we made plans to return to the Mammoth area to allow him another run at the peak.  Once again, we climbed the mountain from Ediza Lake via the Southeast Glacier.  This time, however, we skirted below the SE corner pinnacle and ascended the glacier from the bottom.  On our last trip, the summit view was clouded somewhat by hazy conditions.  This time, the skies were crystal clear, and the views from the summit were spectacular.  Click on the link below to see the photos and trip report.

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