This is a fun climb. The knife edge is solid and lots of fun and shouldn't be as intimidating as people make it.
What a day on a really beautiful climb. It was a pretty long day hike though by me and my two partners.
9/3/06 - My 2nd to last Colorado 14er. Used alternate Snowmass Creek approach and endured a heinous bushwhack when we lost the tricky trail. There's nothing like bushwhacking in the Elks! Camped below Moon Lake. Climbed Capitol Peak, then Mount Daly and Clark Peak in one extremely long, exhausting day. Ran into shanahan96 & chicagotransplant on Capitol.
12/24/11 - Winter ascent. Camped at Moon Lake, climbed via ridge from K2. INTENSE!
Did Capitol from Pierre Lakes. TR here http://www.summitpost.org/custom-object/279853/2007.html#chapter_9
This was my second time climbing Capitol. It was my wife's first time. When we met some people on the way, they said "you must really love her, to come back up here for her to get this peak!"
This was my first climb of Capitol. I did the standard route from Capitol Creek trailhead. I traveled light. I slept in a bivy bag to save weight. After stashing my overnight stuff in the morning I then got to enjoy the famous knife-edge. As visually striking as it is, I think the loose stuff on the upper mountain presents more risk.
Great mountain and climb. We did the ridge back to the Daly saddle. It seemed pretty crumbly compared to the knife edge but what doesn't? Fun.
Gorgeous mountain the entire hike. Can't wait to go back.
Hiked the Northeast Ridge from camp at Capitol Lake with my friend Keith. I agree with many of the other submitters that the Knife Edge was not the most difficult part of the hike. I thought that getting past K2 and going up the final stretch to the summit were the most difficult sections.
When I was very young and very cocky, I moved to Colorado and gave this peak a shot and had my butt handed to me. I got off route and was high up the ridge en route to K2 when clouds moved in and I couldn't see anything other than the point of the ridge between my legs and open air in all directions. Capital Peak became my nemesis, and I vowed one day to return. In 2002 I finally got my chance. Having gained more experience, route finding wasn't an issue, and the knife-edge wasn't terrifying. I cruised up the mountain and back to camp. I'd always thought peakbagging was a fitness thing, not a skill/wisdom/preparedness thing. Anyways, I learned my lesson that day, and Capitol has gone from being my nemesis to being my favorite peak.
All peaks should have a "Knife Edge" route...it just sounds cool.
beautiful area. not many people on the mountain the day we were there either. Knife ridge lots of fun. The ridge between capitol and snow mass is pretty cool lookin.
Got caught in a quick thunderstorm as we crossed the knife edge on the return. We summited at 9am and I've played it over in my head again and again. The weather went from no clouds to thunderstorm in 1 hour. If we left the summit one hour earlier, we would have been where all the lightning developed near the saddle of Mt Daly and Capitol. Great day and an amazing mountain other than that.
It pays to climb on a weekday. With only my partner to worry about, there were no rockfall issues on the face above the knife-edge ridge. If you take your time, the face can be done almost entirely as 3rd class climbing with an occasional 4th class move. For me, the knife-edge was the crux of the route. Perfect weather, awesome climb. Can't wait to go climb Clark Peak.
I had a blast on Capitol. The knife edge really wasn't the crux of the route...there were several more intimidating spots...overall a great day.
Had the route to myself. Excellent weather, great snow, as spectacular as anticipated.
But it won't be my last! One of the most enjoyable climbs ever. Great Daddy-daughter date.
Took three tries and finally summited in the fog. Great approach with the peak in view. Climbing back up to the trailhead at the end is no fun. The scrambling was pretty good
Even though we climbed Capitol Peak a long while ago, it is clear in my memory as an awesome trip. Nate and I spent the night surrounded by high winds and we were worried that a storm would stop out climb. But, as dawn broke, the sky was clear and we had a fantastic day scrambling around, and looking over the knife ridge. I peed my pants. just kidding. we summited and walked back to the car same day. A great memory to have with such a wonderful friend...
One of my favorite mountains. It was my first class 4 climb and still I consider it to be one of the best.
P.S. my friend walked across the knife edge...I got a picture.