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 Peak:  Capitol Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge Direct from Moon Lake
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  I Man
 Date of Information:  03/14/2014
 Date Posted:  03/15/2014
 Report

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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  • Comments or Questions (4)
forbins_mtn


Nicely done!     2014-03-15 12:44:23
I expect a freaking epic TR!!


High_On_Thin_Air


gettin after it     2014-03-15 14:13:12
pretty intense to try to visual that seen on the ridge, would love a TR about it! Kudos to your summit party!


d_baker


Thatta Boy, Mario     2014-03-15 15:22:29
And to the crew too. Was it someone's 14er finisher?


jbchalk


Well done, Matt!     2014-03-17 17:42:06
One big hurdle closer to completing your goal. Looking forward to reading the TR.



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