Loved and had no issue from K2 to the summit and back. That talus/boulder field from the saddle to K2 was hell for me there and back. Especially back.
08/18/20 w/Cory Martin. Beautiful day up on Capitol. No wind, perfect temps. Super fun scrambling, not as scary or difficult as advertised
Many blogs "cry wolf" and deter climbing Capitol Peak but found this to be a fine class-4 alpine hike. The 3-mile Ditch trail is nice to wake up to at 4 am. Felt similar to nearby Snowmass with accessible parking, free ranging cattle, grassy hills, and aspen forests . NE ridge route above the talus fields was clear of ice. Watch out if directly downclimbing K2 as it cliffs out. Gloves were more appropriate than micro spikes. Helpful trip times: 3hrs to Capitol Lake basin, 2hrs to K2, 1.5hrs to summit. Descent 6hrs. Streams are low. Excellent 14'er!
Did a two day backpack. Would recommend staying an extra day to enjoy the area as it is an absolutely amazing area. Climb was great fun. Will do it again at some point. Highly recommend, just be prepared mentally and physically. Enjoy!
This one was fun, glad I waited until I was ready. Definitely consistently harder than Little Bear or Pyramid. Just me and one other party (climber and guide) on the route, it was nice to get some solitude and climb my own climb.
Ascent of the Northeast Ridge. Party of 2.
Do this one with seasoned mountaineers. With Ling, Scott, and Michael
Powdery snow, nice weather, engaging climbing, a real workout! Approached via snowshoes from W Snowmass, camped near small pond below Moon Lake, summit and hiked out second day. Full value!
Weathered a big thunderstorm in new 1-man tent at Capitol Lake; sunrise from K2 and solo summit the next morning
#1 8-30-18 W/ Ling, Scott & Lana. Long day, good weather and very satisfying to stand on the summit after having this daunting beast on my radar for several years. Thanks to my climbing partner for thoughtful input and positive company. We found most of the cairns after the knife edge quite helpful.
Great day, awesome climb!
Didn't disappoint. Still tons of snow on the standard route and didn't bring traction/ice axe so I successfully scrambled up the walls to the right to connect with the infamous ridge. Pretty fast that way too. Use your best judgement!
Great day. Excellent partners.
Hiked at some point in the early 2000s as a 2-day backpack.
Waking up to a good coating of new snow on Capitol was a beautiful albeit intimidating site from my camp site. My buddy Greg rolled into camp sometime in the middle of the night and we got started hiking around 8 am. We caught up to several parties once above Capitol Lake on the ridge towards K2. They were all turning back after looking at the snow covered knife edge. We carefully proceeded and worked our way up to the top. A couple other groups followed in our footsteps. Awesome hike and tremendous views on this crystal clear day.
Climbed 14,130 ft. Capitol Peak located in the Elk Range, known as Colorado's toughest 14er. Started around 2 AM from the Capitol Creek trailhead and hiked on the ditch trail over 7 miles to reach Capitol Lake. At 4:30 AM was within 50 feet of a black bear while hiking in the dark, but luckily the bear ran away. Started climbing the northeast ridge route up the K2/Mt. Daly saddle around 6AM and negotiated my way slowly up towards 13er K2. After summiting K2 at 9:30 AM I downclimbed class 4 rock onto the K2/Capitol Peak saddle. From here I had to cross the infamous "Knife Edge", the crux of the route. The Knife Edge is a exposed rock section with 3000 ft. cliffs on each side. After the knife edge I had to climb class 3/4 exposed rock sections and gain a ridge to reach the summit. Most of this climbing was dangerous, a fall in these sections would be the end. Some of the rock slabs were loose, and climbers above could accidentally kick rocks onto climbers below. I made the summit of Capitol Peak at 1100 AM. Unfortunately the only way down was back the way I came up. Plenty of exposed rock to downclimb. Rocks were plummeting down the sides of the mountain as I slowly made my way back towards K2. It was slow going. In one day, 17 miles completed with 5,300 ft. of elevation gained. The climb took about 15 1/2 hours. Glad to be done with Capitol Peak. It was a beautiful hike and climb but it was dangerous. 14er #32!
Long, hard day but one of the best climbs I've done to date! This was my 14er finisher and there couldn't have been a better peak to finish on.
This was my final Colorado 14er. climbed with Dustin Kelly. The most difficult of them all in my opinion.
This peak really is everything you can ask for in a Colorado mountain: power and grace from afar, burly and physical close up. I thought the most technically challenging move was the slabby flake step coming off K2. Knife edge definitely got my attention, but as they say - at least it's solid, unlike most of the rest of the mountain. Stuck just below the ridge leaving the Daly saddle - some down sloping spookiness for sure! Returned via the basin which still held plenty of snow - ax certainly put to use! The stanky cattle made me run for brisket in Aspen afterward - out of revenge I suppose. Nasty, but they're plenty timid if you just tell them to get the $&@! Out of the way! Jaimee rocked it today!