Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blood of the Monkey, Keeler Needle, CA

Sunrise on the Keeler Needle and Mt. Whitney

Dave Elder stands below Keeler

Dave starting the route "Blood of the Monkey"

Dave on the 2nd pitch

Dave leading the 3rd pitch

About this time I stopped taking photos
the climbing became more difficult and we were completely absorbed

KC memorial plaque near the summit of Keeler Needle

Tired, cold, and thirsty!

Desperately drinking slush water off the Mt. Whitney trail

Sunrise on top of Mt. Whitney, after a pleasant bivy in the summit hut

Descending the Mountaineers Route to Iceberg Lake

Trying to take it all in

Totally worked and happy
Our first time on the Keeler Needle!

A link to Miles' post about the FA with some cool photos.