Friday, 8 October 2010Well before daybreak we slogged our way up the muddy ditch trail, rudely disturbing the beauty sleep of numerous cows. There was far more snow than expected and it soon became clear my decision to wear tennis shoes would result in suffering. After some post-holing to gain the Daly-K2 saddle, we decided to circle around the cliffs on the ridge. But we stayed too high and were soon sidehilling exposed class-3/4 rock on slushy snow. Inexplicably we didn't consult the GPS or our mistake would have been fairly obvious early on. Eventually we reached an impasse 400' above the standard route and decided to call it. Failure was everywhere symbolically evident on the hike out, and we retreated to the hot springs to soak in our misery.
This was our first attempt to day-trip Capitol Peak. We would return twice in the same week, finally summiting on the third attempt.