Mount Keith

  • 05/18/2019
  • 6:00 AM
  • 05/19/2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Inyo National Forest
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Join MAA for a spring ascent of Sierra giant Mount Keith along the eastern edge of Sequoia National Park. This event features an aesthetic couloir climb on a "near 14er" in the seldom visited Shepherd Pass region. Overnight snow camping, SNOW 2, MTN 1 or equivalent snow climbing skills required along with excellent fitness. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!


  • What's happening: Climb Mt. Keith (13,977') via the south side couloir. Snow climb with class 2-3 scramble along the way and near the top. Base camp will be at the beautiful Anvil Camp.  
  • Where to meet: Chevron at 130 S Edwards St, Independence, CA 93526, 6:00 am.
  • Event Leaders: Mihai Giurgiulescu and Kevin Koenig
  • Minimum / Maximum: 4/6
  • What to bring: Mountaineering boots, crampons fit to boots, ice axe, helmet, snowshoes, backpack (40-55L), 4-season tent or bivouac, stove, fuel, food for 2 days, sleeping bag, pad, trekking poles, appropriate layers (insulating, wind and waterproof), down jacket, gloves, gaiters, warm hat or balaclava, sun hat or covering, sunglasses or glacier glasses, map, compass, bowl, spoon, personal items. Some items will be shared between participants and will be selected at the trailhead. 
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
Additional Info:
  • The Event Leaders will procure the required wilderness permits for this area of Inyo National Forest.
  • The several stream crossings near the beginning of the route could be challenging due to high snowmelt at this time of the year. Water shoes and trekking poles are a must, and team members will be expected to help each other as needed.
  • Carpooling in high-clearance vehicles is highly recommended due to the rough nature of the access road. Please refer to the information on this page for directions to reach Shepherd Pass trailhead:


  • DAY 1: May 18th - Meet in Independence at 6 am. Meeting location is the Chevron gas station, by the deli (see address above). Logistics, gear, vehicles. Team members will also have the option to meet directly at the Shepherd Pass trailhead by 7 am. Drive to trailhead, hike/snowshoe up to Anvil, establish camp. 
  • DAY 2: May 19th - With an early start, climb to the summit via the south side. Descend to break down camp and return to trailhead.
  • Approximate statistics are 20 miles round trip with 8500' gain.
  • NOTE: Inclement weather in the week prior to this trip will result in its cancellation. Event Leaders will make all efforts to determine if road is passable, but in case it is not the trip will be cancelled.


  • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
  • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
  • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
  • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
  • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
  • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

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