Long day hike, great traverse on the ridge and beautiful views. See trip report for details.
What an amazing approach hike! Climbing partner didn't want to climb so I climbed to Daly Pass by myself and linked up with another party of three. Took the NE ridge direct from Daly Pass. Week early season snow combined with non stop class 4 made movement slow. After 3.5 hours of movement we were just under K2, electricity crackling in the air and resulting thunder clap sent us down. As it turned out, the weather cleared up shortly after that. I'll post a TR in a bit and some video at an external site TBD. I think if we would have followed Roach's primary route we would have made it.
New snowfall added extra excitement. Approach to lake is one of the most beautiful I've ever experienced. Knife edge was fun after I got my friend to man up and do it. Followed ridgeline almost all the way up, which was exposed but not too bad. Rope and gear is dead weight on standard route; never really thought about bringing it anyway.
18 pitches (crux is 5.9) and 21 hours. Needless to say, the climb took a little longer than we expected. Forced bivy at the top (2am) in order to descend via the knife ridge in daylight. What a beautiful thing to watch the sunrise at the summit of Capitol Peak. We were very fortunate to have had good weather that night (clear, but cold). VERY loose rock. As the 2nd, my helmet saved my head a few times. Be careful and climb safely!
Great climb! Hiked up to lake and camped for Day 1. Day 2 - 5am start to summit and then back down to car. Long day but beautiful climb and hike. One of my favorites in Colorado. Definetly go up and over K2 to get to the summit.
Long day from TH. I would recommend up and over K2. The north slopes of K2 are loose. The knife edge was great! It seemed to be overhyped and there are plenty of footholds a few feet off the knife edge itself. Great climb with lots of Class 3 and 4 to keep you company.
Climbed with Scott B. as a day hike in 10:15 in perfect weather, sunny and clear all day. K2 to summit took 2 hours each way with constant exposure to 1000-1500 ft. falls. You have to think about every hand and foot movement. Hours of class 3 and 4 climbing. It was amazing. We did not use ropes. Scott has climbed 5.10 unroped and thought this and yesterday's Bells traverse was more scary because the danger is so prolonged.
First of all a backpack in to Capitol Lake followed by a climb of the peak via the Northeast Ridge the next day. Absolutely one of the most challenging and exciting of the 14er's I've done! Wow, what views from up there! This is one I'd definitely repeat if I could still climb 14er's!!
What a great climb. Tightroping the Knife Ridge was a blast.