Peak(s):  Capitol Peak  -  14,130 feet
Date Posted:  09/10/2013
Modified:  09/12/2013
Date Climbed:   09/05/2013
Author:  djkest
Additional Members:   Chaos Penumbra

 Capitol is King  

Capitol Peak is the King of 14ers. Okay, there are some great 14ers in other states, to be sure. But in Colorado, Capitol reigns supreme. The combination of sublime scenery, high exposure, and tricky climbing maneuvers make this a lofty summit indeed. What other summit can challenge it's supremacy? It's no wonder it appears on so many "favorite 14er" lists.

Blog post HERE

Blog post features:
Over 100 pics
Excessive Panoramas
4 HD videos
Gratuitous Sunrise Shots
A surprise “finisher” prop
Numerous photos of beer consumption


14ers for me started out as a "could I possibly"? After I did 2 of them, I figured I should do them all. Is that crazy? I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. What first was an interest soon became an obsession.
9/5/2009 - 9/5/2013 (didn't exactly plan that to happen)

#1 Longs Peak

#8 Quandary Peak

#28 Mt. Lincoln

#49 North Maroon Peak

(photo credit Matt Jerousek)

#58 Capitol Peak


I would like to thank my parents for raising me with a love and respect for the outdoors:

And I would like to remember my best friend Karl Heiser, who left us too soon.

Rest in Peace, Karl; see you again someday.

And of course my fearless climbing partner Scott Lowery:

Who shared my passion for the 14ers and my obsession with the list.

And of course thanks to my wife and kid for dealing with my absence. Love you honey!

Thanks for reading my trip reports, and climb on!


 Comments or Questions
rob runkle

09/10/2013 20:10
Congrates man!!


09/11/2013 01:26
Congrats on finishing! There have been a lot of people completing the 14ers at the end of the summer climbing season this year. Capitol is a great peak!


Great work!
09/11/2013 20:29
Loved reading your TR on Capitol. What a wonderful tribute to your friend. Congratulations!


09/11/2013 20:32
Amazing accomplishment. I hope to be where you are one day. Are you going for the centennials?


4 years
09/11/2013 23:06
Nice! Beat the sock off of me. Congrats; plenty of finishers this year! (Still can't figure out why Bill has a list of 58, and doesn't include N. Massive...)


09/12/2013 04:22
Nice choice of finisher! A big job well done.

@cftbq: I have a list of 60, though it does include North Massive...


09/12/2013 13:51
Congrats on Capitol and finishing! Truly an amazing accomplishment!


Supportive family
09/12/2013 13:52
I also wanted to add that your wifey is awesome for supporting you through all of this. It is a tough thing to do especially when you have little ones. She deserves a shout out!


09/12/2013 14:41
Thanks for the comments. I did talk about my family in my ”congratulations” thread, but I added it here also. I'd say that my wife was ”tolerant” of my 14er activity.

She doesn't really ask me how it went or look at my pics though. She kind of hates hiking.


09/12/2013 18:21
Awesome pics man, what kind of camera were you using? Are these pics touched up at all? I can never seem to get the kind of contrast you managed.


09/12/2013 19:09
Congrats on your accomplishment! I totally understand having a wife that is ”tolerant” of your habit, I mean hobby!

Question. Where was that pic taken with your friend/partner Scott? Pretty sure that's the Elks. Guessing Pyramid or North Maroon (neither of which have I been up yet


09/12/2013 19:12
Nate, thanks for the comments.

The pics are from my Nikon D5100 DSLR with the 'stock' 18-55mm manual zoom lens. I used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on every pic, although some are more ”adjusted” than others. I resize all the photos to 2500 pixels wide for web use. I need to back and fix one of the pics, but I'm pretty happy with Lightroom.

I use a small Tamarac chest pack and a cheap Circular Polarizer. In the 3rd video you can see the chest pack flopping around when I am on the knife edge.

Grace: That pic is looking down the ”2nd gulley” of N. Maroon near the top.

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