|Type:||Trad, 1000', Grade II|
|Original:||YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b [details]|
|FA:||Probably G. Roach|
|Season:||Spring to fall|
|Submitted By:||Tony B on Jul 5, 2006|
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By Ernie Port
From: Boulder, Colorado
May 27, 2008
|Agree with Tony on the descent...if soloing this, the 80' down climb from the summit to the south walk off is the crux. Not too bad though. Wouldn't recommend down climbing the tree, as the branches are all dead. Bear hugging the bottom 15-20' to the ground from the last branch wasn't the option we chose to take....|
By Rob Nevitt
From: Louisville, CO
Jun 6, 2011
My partner and I climbed The Keel yesterday.
We found that the base of The Keel is far lower than Leonine as mentioned previously. We traversed directly south from the Shanahan Crag South Face 5.4 climb. While we travelled mostly level from there, downclimbed some and we were below the South Face climb when we reached the base of The Keel.
Both of us having a wife and kids - we're fairly conservative climbers. With a 60 meter rope, we did 7 rope stretching pitches to get to the base of the summit block. From there, it was one short 50 foot pitch to the summit with outstanding views over Boulder.
Gear was plentiful and we had mostly excellent, cozy belays stations along the ridge. Only one belay station we used was less than bomber.
Upon arrival at the summit there existed slings and a rap ring on the 'downclimb tree'. So, we added an old biner and new webbing to that setup to rappel about 60 feet to the ground.
While the upper half of the tree is vibrantly alive, all branches on the lower half of that tree are dead and most have been knocked off. Only as a last resort would I downclimb that tree to descend! The last 30 feet would be a perilous bear hug.
We then walked down the boulder field to the south for descent.
I highly recommend The Keel for a great, easy day of slab climbing!
By Glen Charnoski
From: Boulder, CO
May 11, 2016
|Fun, easy scramble. I found it a little bit hard locating the best start once I got to the base, it was so overgrown with lots of obscuring trees. I rappelled, adding purple webbing to the 3 other ones. A rap ring and biner are there for a trouble-free descent.|
By Long Ranger
From: Boulder, Colorado
Jul 6, 2016
|Most of The Keel is pretty easy climbing, but the last bit of climbing to the summit is a bit more than Class 4 I thought, a tiny bit of route finding and some actually committing moves. Nice summit. The downclimb to the South isn't so bad. Reverse the summit moves, the find the deep and narrow slot straight down on the S side. Keep scrambling to the east of that slot, until you're above an open book. Good holds make this an easy stem to the ground.|