fun fun fun! the exposure shouldn't bother you if you've done any fifth class climbing
In my experience Knife Edge wasn't that bad, exposed yes, but it's not bad. Slope bellow summit with loose rock can be more challenging and dangerous. Overall, great route and mountain.
Fun scramble, not that bad as people say:) I would prefer this solid knife edge over some loose scree stuff.
Capitol Peak is the best from the Elks...
As long as you check each and every hand and foot hold you'll be fine.
I backpacked up to Capitol Lake the evening before. I was the only person on the peak. There were some relatively fresh tracks in the snow part of the way, but the last person to sign the register before me was on 9/23/12. The powdery snow made discerning the standard route difficult, so I mostly 3rd/4th classed it along the ridge. I returned along the cairns in the talus field, which was miserable boulder hopping to avoid hidden voids. Total time on the mountain was 8 hours. The 6.5 hours back made it a long day.
Most recently, the 17th of July, 2012. Been across it 5x now.
Some exposed 3rd class and some low 5th...like Shanahan96 said.
clear, blue bird days, T-storms and winter.
soaking wet afternoon approach, bivvy by capitol lake, summit and out the next day.
But an 18 hour day, end to end. Made possible by a complete lack of thundershowers in late afternoon.
Twenty-four hours round-trip from the trailhead. I actually thought that the hardest part was getting over that peaklet right before the knife edge proper.
climbed the knife-edge ridge with mike. we elected to stay on the ridge direct to the summit and found some lovely, airy climbing. mostly 4th class with a touch of low 5th sprinkled in. what a wonderful day!
Definately the highpoint of a week+ loop through the Elks.