13.5 hours roundtrip from moraine bivy at base of east face via Harding Route.
Scrambled up after the Whitney summit. Couldn't remember if it was Keeler or Crooks with the sketchy step-across, but found out real quick it was Keeler. Honestly, it's not that bad, and perhaps the creepier part is being up on that summit block with nothing on almost all sides of you. Snapped a few photos, then got off of there. You wouldn't think twice of the "move" required to get on and off if it weren't so exposed, so keeping that in mind helped me get up and down. Totally worth it for the unique views, including an awesome shot of Pinnacle Ridge looking like a dragon's back.
Short scramble from the trail. Mostly un-eventful; just a peak bag w/o much appeal beside its proximity to Whitney.
Great route in a spectacular location.
With Tim from a small tarn below Iceberg Lake.
diversion off the main trail
this is one of the more spectacular summits in the Sierras. I am glad we took the time to visit. Summit day was warm, clear, and calm, so I couldnt help but sit atop and dangle my feet off the edge, enjoying the view that included our base camp thousands of feet below.
I went up this after doing Whitney. The view from the top was a bit scary, especially because I was a little light-headed. A fun side trip.
Dayhike via the MW Trail - second time up Whitney. After summiting went up Keeler Needle to the final couple of rocks before backing off then bagged Mt. Muir on the way back. Turned around at same spot on Keeler last year...I know that last rock isn't that hard but that exposure is crazy! Maybe next time I'll finally get it. Trip report at http://www.mountainhiker.org/trip_report.aspx?id=95
With 25+mph winds and sub-freezing temps, Heather and I hiked from Consultation Lake and tagged Keeler and Muir from the Main Trail. Interesting but holy shit do I get sick of everyone asking if we got to "the top." TOP OF WHAT?!
Made the quick 15 minute side trip to Keeler on the way to Mount Whitney. Unbelievable exposure and incredible views. Could only stand to spend about 10 seconds on the summit block before wanting off. Well worth the side trip.
Dayhiked the standard Whitney Route and decided to try for Keeler afterword - didn't have the stomach to make that last step to the final boulder - that is some serious exposure!
Fun scramble off the Whitney Trail, scary feeling at the tip with near vertical on 3 sides!
Did the Carillon-Russell-Whitney-Muir traverse in a long day with SuperDave. Whitney was great, but Mt. Russell was spectacular. Keeler was just as described- "might as well do it since I'm up here" The last 20 feet were interesting.
I have climbed it a few times on the way back from Mt. Whitney.
A fun side trip from Whitney.
Nice little side trip. Lots of exposure but easy. Did a day hike of Whitney, Keeler Needle, and Mount Muir via the standard route.
A scramble off of the main Whitney trail.
A short hop off the Whitney Trail to the top of Keeler. It is a completely different summit experience from Whitney. Not a parking lot atmosphere. No room for even a small group on the summit. A great place to hang your feet off in the air. Ha!
20 minute excursion from main trail.
Last day of the 2007 Sierra Challenge. The main objective of the day was to climb Mt. Newcomb. Starting at Whitney Portal I decided to climb McAdie on the way from Arc Pass. Then descended the class 2 chute to Crabtree Pass, climbed Mt. Newcomb via the class 3 east face. From there I returned to Crabtree Pass and gained the Sierra Crest climbing Discovery Pinnacle from the south. I intercepted the trail and hiked up Mt. Whitney. On the way back I also climbed Keeler Needle, Crooks Peak, Third Needle, Aguille Extra, Aguille du Paquoir and Mt. Muir. A long day in a very beautiful area. 14.5h car to car.