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Crossing the Ritter Range thanks to YART

 
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Banner Peak, 12,945' (3943m), and Thousand Island Lake.   <br /> <br />Marsha and I hiked from June Lake to Yosemite Valley.  Thanks to the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation (YART) arranging a shuttle unnecessary.
BETA PHOTO: Banner Peak, 12,945' (3943m), and Thousand Island ...
Below North Glacier Pass and Banner Peak. Ten miles of trail in and 3,000 feet up.   <br /> <br />Before the five day backpack, I could hardly dog my way up a climb called El Nino @ Mammoth's Warming Wall.  After the trip, El Nino, Nuclear Winter, Jam It, and Heat Vampire felt fun.
Below North Glacier Pass and Banner Peak. Ten mile...
North Glacier Pass and Lake Catherine (11,040').   <br /> <br />I promised Marsha that cross-country in the Sierra was always easy meadows.  She's resting at the point where the easy stuff ended and two long days of talus and scrambling began.
North Glacier Pass and Lake Catherine (11,040'). ...
The route from North Glacier Pass down to Twin Island Lakes.  No easy meadows here.
BETA PHOTO: The route from North Glacier Pass down to Twin Isl...
Looking across Blue Lakes to the Ritter Range.   <br /> <br />The Yellow line is North Glacier Pass, below Banner. Red is our route from the Twin Island Lakes to a rough pass across the "Yosemite National Park Border Range"
BETA PHOTO: Looking across Blue Lakes to the Ritter Range.

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