Peak:  Capitol Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge from Capitol Lake
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  stefan_SCHWEIZER
 Date of Info:  07/02/2013
 Date Posted:  07/03/2013

The trail is snow free all the way up the saddle. There is still a good snowcover in the bowl and the slope leading up to K2 but most people I climbed with were barebooting. It's possible to stick to the tallus and avoid the snow mostly or kickstep your way up to K2, however I found walking with microspikes or crampons on stable snow in the morning more enjoyable. The snow ends 300 yards from K2. K2 is mostly free of snow. There is still a small snow band on the side, but it's basically summer conditions. Likewise the ridge and the summit are free of snow.

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