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 Peak(s):  Capitol Peak  -  14,130 feet
"K2"  -  13,664 feet
 Post Date:  08/07/2012
 Date Climbed:   08/07/2012
 Posted By:  Headwall5

 Getting Close!   

On 08/06/2012 I drove over to the Capitol Trailhead to sleep in my car and climb Capitol the next day. It was raining as I arrived but I still made it all the way up to the 4WD trailhead in my 2WD car because my cars a beast. I woke up at 3:00 the next morning and started heading towards Capitol. I got to the lake just around sunrise, and started to climb up the saddle. Capitol is the most impressive looking 14er I've seen.
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After the saddle I did some bad route finding over to a talus field that led up to K2.
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I got up on k2 and checked out the remaining route to Capitol.
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I headed over to the knife edge. I expected a tightrope walk with 2000 foot cliffs on either side, but it wasn't that. It's certainly exposed but is over-hyped in my opinion.
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I walked on the top and left sides of the knife edge. To gain the summit I traversed across for a bit then climbed up to the ridge.
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To anyone who's done the Capitol/Snowmass traverse: props.
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I got first summit of the day at 8:39AM, then chilled on the summit with some other groups once they got up there.
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After a long summit break I headed back down.
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I got a better look at Capitol's north face with some more light on it.
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Then all there was was the trek back to the car. Capitol brings me to 52 so I'm closing in!
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  • Comments or Questions
TheSteege


alpine style     2012-08-08 08:06:17
”is over-hyped in my opinion” I couldn't agree more! Good work going alpine style and not carrying a pack up. Best way to go about it IMO.


Headwall5


Thanks!     2012-08-08 12:38:20
Yeah, for that entire approach I was happy that I only had to carry my day pack. After backpacking into Lake Como, I decided no more backpacking trips if I knew I could do it in a big push.



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