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Ascent of Keeler Needle on 2012-06-11

Climber: Brendon Chapman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, June 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Keeler Needle
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14239 ft / 4340 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is simple class 2/3 scrambling up about 500' from the trail (again following the "path of least resistance"), but the view and exposure can play havoc on those having trouble with vertigo. Keeler tops out on a large, detached block (you must step over a chockstone gap with 1000' drops on both left and right to reach the tip top. The view is incredible and well worth the extra 15-20 minute jaunt.
*Info via Summit Post
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:500 ft / 153 m
    Route:path of least resistance
    Trailhead:Whitney Trail  13739 ft / 4187 m
    Grade/Class:Class II and III
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:18 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:12 Minutes



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