Capitol Peak Climber's Log

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K_G_Wright - Sep 23, 2005 5:04 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Knife Edge Date Climbed: August 1998  Sucess!

This was my third attempt (the first two I was turned around on the Knife Edge by weather fronts). Started from the lake at 3 AM and was on the summit just after 9'ish. One of my most memorable days! The pic I submitted is of my climbing partner as we crossed back across the Knife on our descent. When we got back to the lake, we watched as a paraglider opened on top and descended into Aspen in style.


illegal_smile - Sep 19, 2005 12:14 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Knife Ridge Date Climbed: September 18, 2005  Sucess!

Friend and I started around 6 or so to go do the NW Buttress. However, the wind was ummm quite strong and the rock was ummm quite cold so we went for the fun route across the knife ridge. Very cool! The toughest part IMO (and maybe we did this wrong) was around K2. I felt more exposed on that stuff climbing around than on the knife ridge! I"ll be back capitol!

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Sep 19, 2005 11:40 am

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge aka The Knife Ridge Date Climbed: September 18, 2005  Sucess!

Summited with Brian Litz, Matt Wentz, Marie Pavlovsky, Rom McGuffin & Wendy Durst.


doumall - Sep 5, 2005 7:53 pm

Route Climbed: knife edge ridge Date Climbed: September 3, 2005  Sucess!

Drove the night before, slept in the back of my truck. Started hiking solo from Capitol Creek TH at 3:30, reached Capitol lake in 2 hrs, summit in 5.5 hrs. Didnt see anyone else until I neared the knife edge on my descent. Round trip of 9.5 hrs. Very, very cool peak. My favorite Colorado 14er and # 54/58 for me!


Gareth - Aug 9, 2005 11:39 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 8, 2005  Sucess!

#2 for me on this one. 2 for 2 tries. I just had to come back and do it all again and make sure the first climb wasn’t a fluke. A lot more snow to go up this time.


bc44caesar - Aug 7, 2005 4:20 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: 7 Aug 2005  Sucess!

Got a late start (~8am), but made it to the lake in 2hrs and the summit in another 3.5hrs. The weather held off all day. Made it car to car in 10hrs. Lots of people up there!! The Knife Edge and final ridge looked intimidating from K2, but turned out to be pretty easy and quite fun!

Larry V

Larry V - Jan 9, 2005 9:27 pm

Route Climbed: Capitol Creek approach, northeast ridge Date Climbed: August 1994, August 1998  Sucess!

In 1994, climbed with Mike, Chip, and Aaron P. Wet hike up to the camp site below the lake, then sunny all day for the actual climb. K2 and the knife-edge was monumental for me -- had to leave my fear of heights behind. Capitol instantly because my favorite climb. I also regard Capitol Peak as the most beautiful 14er in Colorado.

In 1998, climbed by the same route again, with Alan this time. Twice is enough, with so many other mountains beckoning, but Capitol Peak remains my favorite.


rob_runkle - Aug 1, 2004 3:47 pm

Route Climbed: Capitol Creek TH Date Climbed: July 25, 2004  Sucess!

This was the best, for sure!! Solid class 4, with some class 5.


Gareth - Aug 1, 2004 7:50 am

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 28, 2004  Sucess!

I made it up Capitol Peak, my fourth Fourteener! This was my first attempt at the peak. I kind of feel bad that I made it up when others have made several unsuccessful attempts and still haven’t gained the summit. I was surprised to find that the incredible exposure didn’t bother me. After the climb the afternoon hike out sure was fun carrying a loaded pack!


Saintgrizzly - Jul 29, 2004 2:16 am

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: September, 1994  Sucess!

My favorite Colorado mountain! After two aborted attempts with Aaron Johnson--one failing due to heavy snow on the mountain, the other a result of running out of time (but we compensated with a highly successful late afternoon loaf on top of K2)--returned on the above date with Aaron and Mark Anderson for a successful climb. The wonderful approach--through what seems the world's largest aspen grove--with views of Capitol's terrific north face does nothing but whet the appetite and get the adrenaline flowing! Our stint from K2 on was in somewhat chilly but good weather (in fact, snow flurries and gusty wind as we returned across the knife edge, but no need for ropes). A memorable trip highlight occurred on our return to Denver, when, after all the hours being folded in the jeep, I got to watch Aaron try getting out of the vehicle and "walk" to the house. Many thanks for the visual memory, my friend!


xskier77 - Jul 19, 2004 1:17 am

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 18, 2004  Sucess!

Used to West Snowmass Creek approach and it proved to be a difficult approach. Our plan was to bivy on the summit of Capitol but the approach involved alot of bushwacking and off trail hiking that we were spent by the time we almost hit the summit of K2. We found a great bivy site that someone had built up with a nice rock wall around it and very smooth dirt ground. Day two climbed Capitol and was able to walk the entire knife edge. Fun climbing and the rock was surpisingly very solid. Although I did manage to knock loose a huge slab and thank god nobody was below me when the slab went.

ctruscot - Jul 11, 2004 8:10 pm

Route Climbed: The Knife Edge Date Climbed: July 5 and 6, 2004  Sucess!

Went up Capitol Monday and Tuesday with a guide.

That mountain is no walk in the park and I was glad to be with

a guide because I sure would not want to run off that mountain nor

find the route in a storm. I thought it was hard enough with

someone who knew the route and with good weather. But that's me.

See trip report


DaveC - May 20, 2004 9:15 pm

Route Climbed: k2/knife edge Date Climbed: july 01  Sucess!

Probably the hardest 14er overall. Knife edge was overrated, but the summit block past it, and the K2 downclimb, were noteworthy. Long day, and well worth it. Tight but nice campsite near capitol lake.


sbkelley - May 12, 2004 3:41 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast (Knife) Ridge Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

What a cool mountain - everything from the approach to the peak from Capitol Creek to the campsites below the mountain near the lake to the climb itself was unforgettable! Definitely going to have to go back and do this one again!

Ryan Kowalski

Ryan Kowalski - Apr 19, 2004 5:07 pm

Route Climbed: Knife-edge Date Climbed: July 5, 2003  Sucess!

We decided to do this from the trailhead in a day. Wow, what a long day it was. Left at 3 AM, got back around 4 or 5 PM. A LOOOONNNNGGG day. Knife-edge isn't too bad, but the exposure is still amazing. One of the neatest natural features in CO.


Nelson - Sep 4, 2003 4:30 pm

Route Climbed: Knife-edge Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!

What an awesome mountain! It was kind to us, and I reached the summit on my first visit. Hopefully not the last.


RyanS - Sep 2, 2003 11:34 am

Route Climbed: Knife-edge Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!

Fantastic! We climbed Mount Daly first and were treated to what has to be one of the finest views of Capitol around. We downclimbed Daly's south ridge to Daly Pass, and then took the standard route up to Capitol. From there we descended to the lowpoint on the Clark-Capitol ridge and dropped down into the Pierre Lakes Basin. Out to Snowmass Creek via the rough Bear Creek Trail. Total trip time: 19.25 hours! A trip report is available here

Luigi - Aug 27, 2003 2:45 pm

Route Climbed: Capital Creek Date Climbed: August 24 2003  Sucess!

Great Mountain, two friends and I summited without a hitch, the knife-edge was awesome, but not that bad. There was only one move on the whole mountain that I thought was a little sketchy and that came after the knife edge.. Next time we'll try and do it in one day. Camped out at the lake on Saturday and summited on sunday


mtnhiker13 - Jul 22, 2003 1:52 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge-Knife Edge Date Climbed: July 20, 2003  Sucess!

Wow - what a mountain. I can't get it out of my head. An incredible climb and probably the pinnacle of my climbing season for this year and perhaps many years to come. This one would be tough to beat.

Many thanks to my climbing partner and sweetheart Aaron Johnson for getting me up this mountain. I couldn't have done it without you! He was right when he said it is a mountain we should climb together. What a sense of accomplishment we shared. A weekend together we will remember always.

We had incredible weather to assist us and a great plan. The wildflowers are wonderful in the area- take lots of film. I will post some pictures as soon as I can get them back and scanned in.


big_g - Mar 3, 2003 4:27 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2002

Route Climbed: Knife Ridge  Sucess!


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