In the photo just above, you can see an overview of our high camp on Mt Ritter. Eddie and I choose to use a tent as seen above. Setting up on the snow is easy to do, but make sure to use a good insulating pad between you and the snow base. Also nice, is if you have a rock outcropping available. It makes for a great place to set up your stove to cook dinner or just hang out.
Dawn, high up on a snowfield in the Ritter range is spectacular. In the image to your left, you see Mt Ritter on the left and Banner Peak on the right, in all their glory. Our summit day, our route involved gaining the saddle between the peaks mentioned above, and then completing the climb by via the north face route. We found it to be an excellent climb.
I find early mornings in the mountains to be the most opportunistic time for taking photographs. Long shadows and contrasting light are a formula for great images. Late day photos are also fantastic. The magic lighting of sunrise and sunset do not last long, however, so if you enjoy photography and you want to get the best from you hobby, don't let the early morning light find you napping.
Mike, in the photo to the right is sorting out his gear to get ready for the next days summit attempt. It is always best to get an early start when going for any summit. This tactic is important because it will maximize the amount of sunlight available later in the day when one is tired and more prone to error.
Both Mike and Sean choose to use the traditional bivy bag for shelter on the mountain. The bivy bag uses minimal space, and they are fast and easy to set up. A good bivy bag is also a great piece of equipment to have along if you think there is a chance of not making it back to camp on a long summit day and are forced into an unplanned night out in the open. A bivy bag will provide excellent weather proofing in all sorts of varying weather conditions.