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Mt. Ritter Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 13,157'
Location: 37.6894, -119.198 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Viewed from Ediza Lake Mount Ritter appears as a formidable pyramid - closer inspection reveals that it's..... a formidable pyramid. Mount Ritter is a huge alpine peak, and not to be taken lightly even by its most reasonable route. This area presents a different, and less granitic, picture of the High Sierra, with meadows, and jagged dark peaks looming overhead.

Geologically this area including the Minarets to the south is made from volcanic breccia.

Getting There 

Agnew Meadows is the trailhead. Get there either by shuttle bus from Mammoth during the day, or arrive by car late at night.

For routes on the eastern side, follow the trail to Shadow Lake and from there to Ediza Lake - 5.25 miles, 1,100 feet elevation gain. Ritter towers almost 4,000 feet above the lake. Camp west of the lake, the closer to Mount Ritter the better.

Climbing Season

For the High Sierra area.

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Ritter

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Ritter:
North Face   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a     Trad, Alpine, 3000'   
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Featured Route For Mt. Ritter
Rock Climbing Photo: SE glacier route

SE Glacier   CA : High Sierra : ... : Mt. Ritter
A classic glacier outing. This route first gains a large bench from the stream that feeds into Ediza Lake. Opinion varies about how to do this. Some prefer the rock and some prefer the snow. Both work just fine. From the bench follow the glacier until it ends. Be prepared for big suncups in the summer. When the glacier ends bear right onto talus to gain the summit plateau. Then go to the top, crossing a snowfield. From Ediza Lake, the route is 2.35 miles and 3960 vertical feet. The tot...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Mt. Ritter Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Base Camp
Base Camp
Rock Climbing Photo: Pineapple.
Pineapple.
Rock Climbing Photo: Waterfall and Ritter
Waterfall and Ritter
Rock Climbing Photo: Minarets from Lake Ediza.
Minarets from Lake Ediza.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mount Ritter from Lake Ediza.
Mount Ritter from Lake Ediza.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Ritter (left) and Banner (right) from Shadow La...
Mt Ritter (left) and Banner (right) from Shadow La...
Rock Climbing Photo: About to start Banner, East Face, III, 5.7
About to start Banner, East Face, III, 5.7
Rock Climbing Photo: The snowfield after the Ritter-Banner Saddle.  Rou...
BETA PHOTO: The snowfield after the Ritter-Banner Saddle. Rou...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Ritter from Lake Ediza
Mt Ritter from Lake Ediza
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Ritter from the pass to Lake Garret
Mt Ritter from the pass to Lake Garret
Rock Climbing Photo: Snow in the chute up Ritter-Banner Saddle
Snow in the chute up Ritter-Banner Saddle

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By Josh Hibbard
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Jul 30, 2008
I made a video documenting our climb up Mt. Ritter's Southeast Glacier, via the Norman Clyde variation. It is cheesy, but has some decent beta for the climber. Go to: www.youtube.com/joshuatree100

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