Northeast Ridge "Knife Ridge" Climber's Log

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BKiser90 - Sep 3, 2023 10:35 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2023

Of Capitols and Knives  Sucess!

Backpacked into Capitol Lake. Summit then packed out to the car. Trailhead accessible for Subaru Outback. Extremely fun climb. 3 points of contact and test them holds. Great weather really was a plus for this one. 56/58.

aunger - Aug 24, 2020 3:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2020

NE Ridge Direct  Sucess!



Harvest - Aug 26, 2019 8:01 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2019

NE Ridge  Sucess!

Upper Ridge Direct from K2 minus 2 small sections.

john alcorn - Jul 28, 2016 12:35 pm

knife edge  Sucess!

fun fun fun! the exposure shouldn't bother you if you've done any fifth class climbing

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Sep 4, 2013 1:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2013

Knife Edge  Sucess!

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.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jul 29, 2013 9:43 pm

Fun scramble  Sucess!

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...


GrumpyJohn - Jul 27, 2013 6:28 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2013

Super Fun  Sucess!

As long as you check each and every hand and foot hold you'll be fine.


Trailboss88 - Oct 26, 2012 2:17 pm Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2012

sketchy solo  Sucess!

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.


Kiefer - Jul 31, 2012 4:46 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2012

Multiple Times  Sucess!

Most recently, the 17th of July, 2012. Been across it 5x now.
Some exposed 3rd class and some low Shanahan96 said.
clear, blue bird days, T-storms and winter.


gremlin - Sep 6, 2011 4:11 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011

Almost wish it was longer  Sucess!

Fun scrambling

Up2zmtns - Mar 19, 2011 1:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2010

So fun  Sucess!

soaking wet afternoon approach, bivvy by capitol lake, summit and out the next day.

Ted Eliason

Ted Eliason - Jan 17, 2009 11:49 am

An absolute favorite  Sucess!

But an 18 hour day, end to end. Made possible by a complete lack of thundershowers in late afternoon.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Dec 31, 2008 10:51 pm


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.


shanahan96 - May 13, 2008 12:09 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

sharp climbing  Sucess!

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!



big_g - Jun 15, 2006 12:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2002

One of my favorite routes  Sucess!

Definately the highpoint of a week+ loop through the Elks.

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