Capitol Peak (14,130)


Climbed Capitol Peak in the Elk Mountains west of Aspen. Mostly a class IV scramble with plenty of nerve racking exposure. In all we traveled 18 miles round trip, 7 hours to summit, 8 hours summit to car. 4,650′ elevation gain, 4:15 am start.

Capitol Peak
Capitol as seen from the trailhead.

Sunrise
Sunrise on the approach.

Capitol Peak Alpenglow
Alpenglow on Capitol

Jon starting the Climb up Daly Pass
Jon starting to climb Daly Pass

Jon Climbing
Ascending to the NE Ridge

Top of K2
After lots of rugged, expose scrambling we reached the summit of the K2 sub-peak. You get your first view of the Knife Edge as well as the route to ascend.

Jon crossing the Knife Edge with Capitol Peak in the background

Jon crossing the Knife Edge with Capitol Peak in the background

Broskis on the summit
Bros on the Summit of Capitol

Snowfields
Jon crossing one of several sketch snow crossings. With as much snow as there was we should have had ice axes

Chillin'
Climbing towards the summit

Exposure
Exposed climbing

Blue Columine
Colorado state flower: Blue Columbine

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One Response to Capitol Peak (14,130)

  1. jonathanjay says:

    sweetness i made it into someone else’s blog.

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