|Peak:||Capitol Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Snowmass Creek to Moon to K2|
|Date of Information:||03/30/2013|
No Easter bunnies in the Elks! My buddy and I attempted a day trip for Cap on Sat and got close, but no cigar. Departed winter Snowmass Crk TH at 3:15am, eventually found Ryan‘s snowshoe tracks from two weeks ago (thx Ryan, huge help in route finding!) and we plodded up. I can‘t remember the exact sequence of times and events, but the scenery was stunning up there. Daly is plastered in snow, lots of wet sloughs were evident. Made it to Moon Lake around 10? After working up higher to 13,300 and getting K2 summit in view, we took a break and melted some water to refuel the nalgenes and give my puppy a break. I ended up digging the pup a small bed area and tied him up to wait out the rest of our attempt. We then headed up and got below the K2 crux and took off our skis. My buddy felt nauseous and dizzy, so after trying to shake it, we eventually called it quits. I climbed to the summit of K2 (sketchy little move in the winter) to get some views of Cap and it was gorgeous. Well covered. Would have been a hard climb via the ridge, not sure if we had the energy to pull it off, but maybe next time. The reward of the day was the beautiful turns down a few thousand feet of vert! The punishment was the slog out thru the gloppy snow and twisting forest. We were happy to be at the truck by 6pm and in Carbondale for pizza shortly thereafter. Good times.
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