Harding Route, Keeler Needle 5.10c


High Sierra, California USA

  • Currently 3.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 10-14 hours
Approach time: 4 hours
Descent time: 5 hours
Number of pitches: 13
Height of route: 1500'
At first glance, the Harding Route appears to be the perfect alpine rock climb. Unfortunately, the climbing starts out mildly loose, rotten, and dirty, and mostly stays that way to the summit. We're not talking horrendous and dangerous loose rock, just not the near-perfect Sierra granite on most other routes in this book. That said, climbers still lust after aften Keeler Needle. It's big, stout, and guarantees a memorable adventure. And, let's face it, it's a big prize that carries a certain amount of bragging rights. This climb is a step up in difficulty from Southwest Face of Mt. Conness.
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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: September 1, 2015
Keeler Needle - Harding Route 5.10c - High Sierra, California USA. Click to Enlarge
The route as seen from the approach.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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