murraymcleod wrote:If you're going up to N. Glacier pass and Lake Catherine, keep your eyes open for the grave of Conrad and Anna Rettenbacher who died while climbing Banner Peak back in the 30's. They are buried in a pretty little meadow, next to a spring, where a rock wall comes down from Mt. Davis and blocks the route at about 10,400' (right bank of the creek). A plaque place by a German Hiking society in SF marks the spot...
I became fascinated by this story and found a wonderful link of a fellow who has spent several years sleuthing out the whole story of the Rettenbachers and Norman Clyde's search for them.
He also gives links to other similar stories with unhappy endings. Reading about the deaths of the 4 Sierra Club climbers on Banner on Memorial Day 1971 helps to further remind us of the power of nature.
http://www.stanford.edu/~galic/rettenba ... r1971.html