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Keeler Needle

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Keeler Needle Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 14,245'
Location: 36.5755, -118.2916 View Map  Incorrect?
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Keeler Needle from the summit of Mt. Whitney.

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Description 

That huge thing next to Mt. Whitney....you can't miss it...

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

For the 13 - Whitney and Surrounding Peaks area.

Weather station 16.3 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Keeler Needle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Keeler Needle:
Harding Route   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 22 pitches, 2000'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Josh Higgins on Keeler Needle

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

Photos of Keeler Needle Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Keeler Needle and Whitney in late afternoon.
Keeler Needle and Whitney in late afternoon.
Rock Climbing Photo: From left to right: Day Needle, Keeler Needle, and...
From left to right: Day Needle, Keeler Needle, and...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cranking through the roof on P3.
Cranking through the roof on P3.
Rock Climbing Photo: Following the crux "OW" pitch. Not that ...
Following the crux "OW" pitch. Not that ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Keeler Needle, Day Needle, Third Needle
Keeler Needle, Day Needle, Third Needle
Rock Climbing Photo: Mid day Mt. Whitney, Keeler Needle, and Day Needle...
Mid day Mt. Whitney, Keeler Needle, and Day Needle...
Rock Climbing Photo: East faces of Keeler Needle and Mt. Whitney.
East faces of Keeler Needle and Mt. Whitney.
Rock Climbing Photo: East Face of Keeler Needle. View from the base.
East Face of Keeler Needle. View from the base.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pre-dawn Keeler from Iceberg Lake.
Pre-dawn Keeler from Iceberg Lake.

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By Dave Stimson
From: Pincher Creek
Sep 6, 2016
CONDITION REPORT 
Climbed last week of August 2016. We definitely could not have made it to the top of the SuperTopo P1 with a 60m pitch. The height of snow may be way down since the first edition of the SuperTopo...
By Eric Foster
From: Nashville, TN
Mar 7, 2012
Is the Harding Route the only route on Keeler Needle? If so have any new lines been attempted?
By Neil Kauffman
Sep 2, 2012
supertopo.com/tr/Keeler-Needle...

New route on the Needle
By SirTobyThe3rd
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.