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, Et.al., 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!
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Barstow|
|Convenient Center:||Lone Pine|
Thanks to Rand Black for adding this peak.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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- Log #15146 - by Rand Black on Aug 26, 2000I 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...