Obs from Ritter Range

Mount Ritter
Submission Info
Friday, April 2, 2021 - 4:45pm
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming
37° 41' 21.804" N, 119° 11' 56.706" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured in the Ritter Range from 3/28 to 4/1, using Ediza as a basecamp. Travel to Ediza is straightforward, with few melted out sections, though the trail to the SJ river is burning out fast, as is the shoulder above Shadow Creek just before reaching the lake. Water is plentiful up to and including Ediza, difficult to find above that. Very few dry slabs exposed. 

During our tour days we circumnavigated the Minarets crossing South Notch/Adams-Michael Notch/Ritter Pass and found plenty of snow, with an average of 2m deep where probed. While the West side towards the Yosemite border looks fat, the snowline seems to thin dramatically around 8500 to the West and North. We saw many recent rollerballs from warming, and witnessed one natural size 1.5 Loose Wet on a WNW aspect, 35 deg. 11000' elev. (photo attached)

We also summited and skied Mount Ritter, finding good conditions with descent at 11:45 being perfectly softened. Boot crampons were mandatory for the snow conditions in the early morning. The couloirs and ramps that connect to the upper summit panel do not connect, requiring some billy goating or down climbing. 

Snowpack photos: 
Southern Yosemite border from RItter
Natural Loose Wet
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