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Peak(s):  Capitol Peak  -  14,130 feet
Snowmass Mountain  -  14,092 feet
Post Date:  07/02/2008
Date Climbed:   06/30/2008
Posted By:  CO Native

 The SnowCap Loop - First documentation ever!   

27 miles, over 2 vertical miles, 2 rarely used passes, 3 days of hiking, 2 classic Elk Range 14ers, and one big wilderness area.

I call it the SnowCap Loop.

Crystal clear lakes:

Beautiful sunsets:

Dramatic exposure:

and endless snow:

Read the whole story here:

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

Wow!!     2011-02-04 17:22:14
Very nice job! That route looks amazing.


Flying Dutchmen?     2010-11-30 10:28:44
Just curious where you heard that that is its' name. We used it on our Capitol ski descent to access Pierre lakes, but always called it something else.

Edit- Searched and couldn‘t find flying dutchmen mentioned anywhere, got any links?


Incredible trip report!     2008-07-02 21:48:51
Thanks for sharing.


Great trip, thanks for the report     2008-07-02 22:14:21
Just an FYI, it‘s not the first time it‘s been done, though this is the first TR I‘ve read recording the route, hence why I asked(Bill Briggs did it in 1990 according to the speed record log). Congrats, lots of snow up there still, hell of a trip.

Scott Rogers

Awesome Work!     2010-11-30 10:28:44
I attempted something similar to this two summers ago in dryer conditions. Unfortunately I was with some unreliable partners who were a lot "higher" than 14k feet the entire time... Needless to say we got turned around approaching Capitol from Pierre Lakes. Awesome job on the climb! Looks like an incredible time. Extra points for badassery and originality.

CO Native

first documentation     2008-07-02 22:45:22
I didn‘t figure I was the first on the route, but I‘m suprised it‘s never been documented before. I did title it first documentation, not first completion. It was a great route and not much longer than just doing Snowmass from that TH. I hope future hikers will benefit from the info.


Outstanding!     2008-07-03 07:35:26
Awesome trip and TR. Really well done Josh!


Thanks for the trip bro.     2008-07-03 07:54:29
Great representation of the trip. I know the sceneary makes the pictures, but you are a talented photographer. It is great to have an amateur photojournalist along on these hikes!


Great Report     2008-07-03 08:05:44
The pictures are amazing. Its always hard to stop and take good pictures to really document your trip. Great Job!


Nice documentation     2008-07-03 08:09:49
Sweet work on the report, should be useful for many!

CO Native

gb - sorry, no links     2008-07-03 14:10:30
I‘ve been researching this hike for over a year and found very little information, and inconsistent info where there was any. Just went with the name I liked best. What name do you know it by?


One in a million couloir     2008-07-05 09:55:45
That‘s what we‘ve been calling it, since it seems like a one in a million shot that there is a non-technical route getting anywhere out of Pierre lakes with everywhere else being vertical rock.

I was more curious if flying dutchmen was in common usage, as I too had never seen much info in that area.

Nice climb no matter the name.

CO Native

Wandering Dutchmen     2008-07-08 13:04:50
Well, since I just did a route across Pierre Lakes that never exceeded class 3 I‘m not sure the One in a million couloir name would apply very well now. I‘ll stick with Wandering Dutchmen.


Nice Job     2009-03-19 09:02:12
Love the original thinking. Amazing panorama photos.



Just found this     2011-02-04 16:43:10
Very cool stuff sir

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