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Keeler Needle  


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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.

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



Weather station 16.3 miles from here

1 Total 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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Keeler Needle:
Harding Route   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 22 pitches, 2000'   
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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
From left to right: Day Needle, Keeler Needle, and Whitney. Pre-dawn view.
From left to right: Day Needle, Keeler Needle, and...
Keeler Needle and Whitney in late afternoon.
Keeler Needle and Whitney in late afternoon.
Pre-dawn Keeler from Iceberg Lake.
Pre-dawn Keeler from Iceberg Lake.
East Face of Keeler Needle. View from the base.
East Face of Keeler Needle. View from the base.
Mid day Mt. Whitney, Keeler Needle, and Day Needle from Iceberg Lake.
Mid day Mt. Whitney, Keeler Needle, and Day Needle...
East faces of Keeler Needle and Mt. Whitney.
East faces of Keeler Needle and Mt. Whitney.
Keeler Needle, Day Needle, Third Needle
Keeler Needle, Day Needle, Third Needle

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By Erock
From: Flagstaff, AZ
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.