Keeler Needle from the summit of Mt. Whitney.
That huge thing next to Mt. Whitney....you can't miss it...
Hike up like you are going to Mt. Whitney via the Ebersbacher Ledges, Lower and Upper Boy Scout Lakes but keep heading towards Keeler rather than hammering up right to Iceberg Lake.
Bivouac amongst the boulders close to the face for the big routes.
Weather station 16.3 miles from here
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Harding Route 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine, 22 pitches, 2000'
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Harding Route 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b CA
: High Sierra
: Keeler Needle
One of the jewels of the Sierra in terms of location, aesthetics and difficulty.One of Peter Croft's "Big Four Free Climbs" of the High Sierra (see Peter's book here).Bring your best wide/flare game if you expect to free it. 10+ at 13,500 is not an easy task.Pitch 1: Start from the sandy ledges on top of the snowfield (see topo). Go up a clean finger/hand crack and traverse left under a small ov...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Local Information for Keeler Needle
From left to right: Day Needle, Keeler Needle, and...
Keeler Needle and Whitney in late afternoon.
Pre-dawn Keeler from Iceberg Lake.
East Face of Keeler Needle. View from the base.
Mid day Mt. Whitney, Keeler Needle, and Day Needle...
East faces of Keeler Needle and Mt. Whitney.
Keeler Needle, Day Needle, Third Needle
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 7, 2012
Is the Harding Route the only route on Keeler Needle? If so have any new lines been attempted?
Sep 6, 2012
There is more than that too. There is a Lowe route. And Mcneely (or whatever the name is of the guy that did a lot of speed aiding) route.
By Justin Tomlinson
From: Monrovia, CA
Jan 9, 2013
Look in the Secor High Sierra guide for a more comprehensive list of routes.