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.
3/14/14- andean-like climb(AD+/D-) with matt, greg and jason. simul-climbed the majority of the route. i thought we weren't going to summit, but we pulled through as a team! hiked out afterwards and got to the car at 2am! a 20-hour day. #60/100 winter
7/14/07- late start with jamie after hiking into camp after dark and arriving at 1:30am. all good with bluebird skies the entire weekend, love camping near capitol lake!
9/3/06- climbed with chicagotransplant and we had an excellent adventure! we stayed on the ridge direct after the knife except for one overhanging spot. it probably went 5.0, maybe low 5th class. i'll come back for this route some other time.
Climbed with Shanahan96, we decided to stick to the ridge crest above the knife edge instead of skirting and following the standard route. Great ridge, as solid as the knife with some good low 5th class moves and a couple more knife sections to get the blood pumping. Perfect day, no clouds, not too cold and not to breezy.
This was the toughest 14er for me as I did it as a dayhike. The knife edge was pretty much as expected for me. I choose the grab ridge and look for footholds method. A very long day as a dayhike with spectacular views.
Nice summit and awesome sunrise on the way in. Climbed with good old cp0915, who had the grace not to complain about my lack of speed as I limped pitifully out after slipping and bonking the smack out of my knee on the way up. Moral: you need to watch your step on all terrain, not just the 4th class stuff.
What a fantastic day! Our (climbed together with 2 other Danish guys) first class 4 climb so we were a little slow. We did the Class 4 traverse from Daly saddle and sort of lost our way on the way back on the Ditch trail, so it was a 16h day form TH and back!
But absolutely a fantastic day and very nice weather except for the last hour or so.
Did teh 4x4 drive to the car park. Sattled up our gear and headed in for the overnight. Slept at the base of the beast and listened to an intense thunderstorm that we thought would push us away from the summit. By early morning it had cleared up. Made summit a bit late, then hiked all the way back to the car. So tired, had to sleep for an hour before i could drive. Loved it.
Packed into West Snowmass drainage, below Moon lake, went over top of K2, good weather, lots of people up there.
This was the biggest snow year that I recall. VW size boulders were stll on the icy Lake in late August! Dirk almost surfed a huge rock off near the summit. I got a bit nervous on the snow on K2 on the way down, someone broke out a rope which I was glad for. probably not a big deal dry...Hear about the ski off the South/West Face! holy nut balls...
Great trip started at 2 AM / summit 9:30 w/ shknbke. One of the best 14ers!
Beautiful day! Little hot, major buggy...forgot the DEET. Had to chase off cows, a little bushwhacking through the tarn. We saw no one until we reached the Daly saddle. Glad we brought the rope in case of storms. Glad I brought the helmet as many people were knocking things loose. Wish I had more water. Glissade down was sweet and nice break on the knees.
Had to turn back due to bad weather, can't wait to get back to it.