This is a solid and mostly enjoyable (minus the section above the highest lake) 2nd class romp. The sand is avoidable on the way up, but appreciated on the way down, and the views are terrific.
After a restful night at Anvil Camp, Jim and I ascended Keith via the south face on a lovely strip of snow. Totally skiable, but no skis. Incredible summit views!
Day hike from Center Basin. Wandered up the basin and looked for the best route up to the NE face. Stayed to he left of the vertical bench and scrambled over large boulders up to a diagonal slant up to the top of the bench. Then began scrambling up the talus field on the NE face. Surprisingly, many loose chunks of talus on the climb. Navigated around large ice field to the first crest where we were greeted by a gathering thunderstorm. Retreated down while being treated to a lightning and thunder show.
Pretty ugly sand slog up the chute on the south face. Great views from the summit though. I descended the same way which went quickly then hiked over Shepherd Pass to camp near the base of Junction Peak for the next day.
Part of a 4 day solo trip to Center Basin. The talus maze at the bottom was fun and the scree slog up the N face not very bad at all. The view from the top in any direction is outstanding. Underrated.
Was nearly mauled by ladybugs on top, not the worst event I've been through. Really enjoyed the views to the south and the stay in Center Basin.
Took a scree chute directly up to the north ridge from lake 3592, then followed the ridgecrest up. Glissided down the northeast face.
A decent consolation prize after dropping out of the hunt for Milestone and Midway. High winds but splendid views at the top.
Second part of a Sierra Challenge twofer. The route is much nicer than it looks: stay to the right on the way up for stable blocks, and the right on the way down for speedy sand. A great view of Shepherd Pass, Williamson, and Tyndall, and a nice mini-biography of Mr. Keith in the register canister.
My buddy and I had a very nice climb in spring, climbing mostly on snow. It was partly cloudy and a bit chilly that day. I recall climbing through some cloud cover and suddenly realizing we were on the summit.
Day 8 of the 2006 Sierra Challenge. This was the highest named Sierra peak I had left to climb. Next on the list is Mt. Stanford (!). Trip Report
Started from Center Basin and followed the old JMT to Junction pass and the base of the ridge. Mostly class 2 with some cl. 3. Decended N. slope back to center basin.
With John, Patty, and Susan. See Pictures at http://community.webshots.com/user/langenbacher in the Mount Keith folder.
Welcome to my page. Hope it inspires someone else to follow in my footsteps up this monstrous sub 14er peak. It was a gorgous day and I reached the summit in 2.5hours from Golden Bear Lake. First person to sign the summit log since August 2002, booyah. A route description is on the way.