Peak:  Capitol Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge from Capitol Lake
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  LynnKH
 Date of Info:  08/07/2011
 Date Posted:  08/08/2011

River crossing still seem fairly high. Trekking poles and a change of socks helped. All summer conditions on the mountain with the exception of the talus fields between the Daly-Capitol saddle and the right turn to K2. There is still one significant snow field in this section which is unavoidable. Having microspikes and ice axe were nice, but others got away without...but then they missed out on the sweet glissade. We had an awesome blue-bird day (though with some increasing wind) which made for a very relaxed, fun summit push and return.

image 1: crossing an optional snowfield helped avoid a lot of talus
image 2: the unavoidable snowfield after the right turn towards K2
image 3: snow free for the last few hundred feet to K2
image 4: wild flowers in full bloom

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions
mountain hiker

Snow field
08/09/2011 04:11
Thanks for the information!
About the snow field - how steep it is? Is the steepest part above 30 degrees? And is there any traverse section on the steep slope?


Snow fields:
08/10/2011 15:16
There are 3 - 4 fields which are optional to traverse (can be avoided by descending and chosing talus) are about 30 degrees. The snowfield you need to ascend/descend, without a good alternative, is about 35 degrees at the steepest. good luck!

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