Figured that I'd add in a brief report, since I haven't seen much about the Daly-K2 ridge. Gaby and I hiked into Capitol Lake from the Cap Creek TH on Saturday morning at 9am and arriving at the Lake at Noon. Gave us plenty of time to nap, fish, and I hiked up to the saddle towards Avalanche Lake and below the North Buttress.
Cap Crk trail
under the North Buttress
After a good nights sleep, we got up just after 4am, grabbed some coffee and breakfast, laid out a bed my my pup inside the tent, and then headed up to the Daly-K2 saddle at 5am, where we arrived at 5:45. Still dark, we decided to just tackle the ridge head-on and see what kind of challenges it would bring us.
on the ridge. K2 in the background
The ridge was definitely arduous, with false summit after false summit and consistent Class IV for over two hours. This was Gaby's first prolonged class IV action and it proved to be taxing, but she did a great job and safely navigated all of the tricky moves, loose rock, and exposed sections great job!
summit of K2
After summitting K2 and working thru a sketchy downclimb, we reached the knife-edge, but Gaby was over the exposure and decided to just rest up near K2 while I continued on. Sticking to the summit ridge was definitely my preferred line, versus all of the lower traversing. I think it took another hour from K2 to the summit. All in all a beautiful day and a tough peak.