Peak:  Capitol Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge from Capitol Lake
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  summitbound
 Date of Info:  05/07/2012
 Date Posted:  05/08/2012

Ditch creek trail has a few snow drifts to post hole through. Snowshoes required from about 10k all the way to the lake. Snow is not quite continuous to the Daily saddle. East side of the saddle boot pack through the basin and all the way to K2. From K2 to the summit ice ax and crampons required. Hit the summit at 9:50am. Last register signatures were from January. Didn't spent much time on the summit as the snow was already turning soft on the decent. Thunder snow rolled in about 11am as we hit K2. Snowed pretty much continuously all afternoon. Frequent snowshoe post holing on the way out.
I attached a few pics: 1- looking back at the ridge 2- some of the traversing on way to the summit 3- K2 with the storm moving in (you can seen our tracks up an over K2)

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3

 Comments or Questions

05/08/2012 21:27
Did you need ropes or any other specialty gear for this route? Did you do it in one or two days?


05/08/2012 21:52
We did it in two days. Packed Sunday late afternoon. Monday was summit day and pack out. No ropes just ice ax,crampons, helmet and snowshoes for to/from camp to TH.

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