Peak:  Capitol Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  durkan
 Date of Info:  08/21/2020
 Date Posted:  08/23/2020
 Details

Crossed frozen snow fields on the east side of the Daly-K2 ridge early in the morning, but avoidable if you just go low and regain elevation later. They were soft by the afternoon.

After tagging K2, avoid going up and over to the south as previously described. Found the west face to be a slab as well, so returning to the northwest or north was better for us.

Lots of traffic today, but groups split between ridge of Capitol's Northeast Ridge proper and the main trail on the east face. Pick your poison and be safe: this one is solid where it needs to be on (i.e. on the Knife Edge) but loose on the east face before gaining the small east ridge, as described in the route description.

Plenty of great weather, and smoke wasn't too bad.




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