Mount Keith

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Mount Keith
Mt Keith.jpg
Highest point
Elevation13,982 ft (4,262 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence1,903 ft (580 m) [1]
Parent peakMount Whitney[2]
Isolation3.09 mi (4.97 km) [1]
Coordinates36°42′00″N 118°20′37″W / 36.700092008°N 118.343612578°W / 36.700092008; -118.343612578Coordinates: 36°42′00″N 118°20′37″W / 36.700092008°N 118.343612578°W / 36.700092008; -118.343612578[5]
Mount Keith is located in California
Mount Keith
Mount Keith
Location in California
LocationInyo and Tulare counties, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Williamson
First ascent1898, by Cornelius Beach Bradley, Jennie E. Price, Robert M. Price and Joseph C. Shinn[6]
Easiest routeScramble, class 2 by Northwest Face, South Face or Northeast Slopes[7]

Mount Keith is a mountain on the crest of California's Sierra Nevada, between Mount Bradley to the north, and Junction Peak to the southwest. Its north and west facing slopes feed the Kings River watershed by way of Bubbs Creek, and its east and south slopes feed the Owens River via Shepherd Creek. By the same dividing line, Keith stands on the boundary of Kings Canyon National Park to the northwest, and the John Muir Wilderness to the southeast.[1] It is a thirteener, a mountain which has a height over 13000 feet.

The peak was named for artist and Sierra Club member, William Keith, by Helen Gompertz (later Helen LeConte) in July 1896.[6]

The first ascending party consisted of Cornelius Beach Bradley, Jennie and Robert Price, and Joseph Shinn. Scrambling over boulders and scree from the upper lakes of Center Basin, they made the summit by the Northwest Face route on July 6, 1898.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Keith, California". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  2. ^ "Shepherd Pass". Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  3. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2011-06-01.
  4. ^ "Western States Climbers Qualifying Peak List". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  5. ^ "Mt Keith". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2011-06-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  7. ^ a b Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 146–147. ISBN 9780898869712.

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