|Peak:||Capitol Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Northeast Ridge Direct from Moon Lake|
|Posted By:||I Man|
|Date of Information:||03/14/2014|
A group of 4 of us climbed Capitol Peak on Friday March 14th via the NE Ridge direct. The first 2 miles of trail are on a groomed dogsled track and then it turns into the basin, which can be difficult to find. Trench all the way to K2. There is a tremendous amount of snow in the area but the slopes in the upper basin seemed stable. Gaining K2 involves an exposed 4th class section and it never relents after that. The initial ridge and knife edge are heavily corniced and require some absurdly exposed trickery. Most of upper ridge is a sniw climb, with some 5th class sections. We simulclimbed the entire ridge using a basic alpine rack. Conditions are very challenging but favorable. Get it!
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