Peak:  Capitol Peak (14er)
 Route:  Standard
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  dannyg23
 Date of Info:  06/15/2013
 Date Posted:  06/17/2013

Nate (TheGreatCamillo) and I summited Capitol Saturday morning. We had pretty awesome weather, and I suspect that there has been some substantial melting since theuglybear‘s update from a week ago. The steam crossing wasn‘t too bad. we opted to take our boots off and cross barefoot but we witnessed some other guys crossing a bit upstream of the trail so there might be a better way. There was a fair amount of snow to the lake but post-holing wasn‘t a major issue for us. We didn‘t take snowshoes.

We opted to hike through the night, which made the snow on capitol, K2 and the ridge somewhat manageable, but there was still enough snow so as to make it unavoidable. We found the crux of the route to be K2. There was a lot of snow on K2 and there didn‘t seem to be a way around it. Eventually we descended and went around to the right on sketchy and very loose rock which was a HUGE bummer. On our return we found a line that went up and over K2 which was much better and my recommendation for anybody making an attempt in the near term.

Shout out to Shawn (sp?) who we met at the trailhead and made a valiant effort to solo the peak a few hours behind us. He also hooked us up with some TH beers when we got back which was incredibly cool. Also - to the two guys who were heading up on Saturday - hopefully you guys made it!

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 Comments or Questions

Snow on K2?
06/17/2013 23:54
Did you need an ice axe or traction? Would be interested in seeing some pics if you could post some. Congrats on a successful summit!


Snow on K2
06/18/2013 04:28
Unfortunately we didn't get any pics of K2 or the snow fields on cap, sorry klasdenk. I would say an ice axe is mandatory. We managed to do it without traction for the most part, it was a lot of short crossings and we didn't want to constantly be switching our gear, but it wouldn't hurt to have the option.


no summits here
06/22/2013 20:55
Yea... we didn't summit. We hit K2 at around 715 and a big front was moving in... It thunder-snowed/rained on us from the saddle all the way back to Denver!


snow on K2
06/21/2013 20:04
Thanks Klassenk. How was the snow on K2 on the way back? When coming back do you think the snow will be too soft to go around on the right side?? I plan to go over the 4th July, so there'll probably be some meltdown till then.


06/21/2013 20:06
Sorry, I wanted to adress my questions to dannyg23...


06/22/2013 20:54
You definitely need crampons/traction and an axe in my opinion. There are some very steep slopes you have to traverse and our crampons and axes made them much safer and easier.


Hey Danny
06/25/2013 03:12
Nice chatting with you guys down at the trailhead. Good work up there! Too much for me.


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