Keeler Needle

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Keeler Needle is the nearest neighbor to Mount Whitney to the south. It has a 2000' technical Grade 5 East face. The East Face Route was originally climbed in the 1960's by Warren Harding,, using direct aid. There is a free variation of this route that goes at 17 pitches, Grade V, 5.10c.

This is one of the most memorable ascents of a big wall free climbing nature I have done, especially since I like 5 inch offwidths. This one also requires wilderness permits from the Lone Pine Ranger Station. Un-like Mount Whitney's East Face Route, if you are planning to do this one, you'd better eat your Wheaties!

Elevation (feet): 14,260
Elevation (meters): 4,347
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 36.6167
Longitude: -118.367
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Barstow
Convenient Center: Lone Pine

Thanks to Rand Black for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

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  • Log #15146 - by Rand Black on Aug 26, 2000
    I climbed the East Face Route of Keeler Needle in 12 hours with a Matt Allen of Lander, Wy. We took 12 hours to climb the 2000 foot "canine" of granite and we did it with only 2 liters of...