Whaddya mean "grainy"???? Those photos were awesome!
I've climbed the Mountaineers Route on Whitney two and a half times, and every time I get a good look at Keeler, I think "No way in hell...but dang--I sure wish I could!!!" Your great TR makes me think that maybe it's possible now.
I have done the East Face and East Buttress several times. On one trip up the East Buttress i looked over to see someone free soloing Keeler. At first I thought he was roped and kept waiting for him to stop and set up a belay, but he just kept climbing. Turns out it was Croft. He ran past us on the trail while we hiked out. He probably did Keeler and the East Face maybe more that day. Impressive. Your TR has inspired me to get off my but and get up there and do the Harding route. Thanks.
I love that area, before we did the whole Crimson Wall we linked over to the Harding Route, nice and wide :-) Following year our route went straight up the headwall.
None of the guidebooks on the sierras have the Crimson Wall route correct! I need to update the topo with an overlay on Keeler so they get it right in future editions, meanwhile the original is posted here in the back vaults of obscurities on ST: