photo by Ansel Adams
This photo is from our return visit in 1985. Michael takes a break with the Banner-Ritter saddle in the distance.
“I have climbed there once. One of the most beautiful places in the Sierras. The reflective 1000 Island Lakes, Banner and Ritter Peaks and the icy, cramponed scramble to their summits. But fortunately, it wasn’t like this typical Walton adventure. Lol.” – Wayne Thompson, climber and photographer
Wayne perfectly captured the essence of what Michael and I had in mind, so I took the liberty of quoting him here. Michael and I tended to learn our mountain lessons the hard way. We still do.