Peak(s):  Capitol Peak  -  14,130 feet
Date Posted:  06/30/2010
Modified:  03/30/2015
Date Climbed:   06/27/2010
Author:  mountainmicah83
 The Clifths of inthanity on Capitol Peak  

The Clifths of inthanity -- Capitol Peak

Ditch Trailhead
17 Miles RT


I have been patiently wanting Capitol peak for quite sometime now. I have coveted the granite rocks that tower above the valleys below the Elk Mountains and the beautiful face. Finally opened a window of opportunity. The weather was looking nice all week and it was time to Man up.

We began the weekend leaving Colorado Springs sort of late Friday evening after Ben got off of work. Beware, if you are driving from aspen, Snowmass Creek Road isn't a clear turnoff. Basically, if you reach Basalt, go back 2 stop lights because you went too far and the other way there is a giant sign that can't miss. We arrived at the trailhead at about 1230AM and decided to camp under the stars rather than in a tent. Other than getting eaten by the world's largest mosquitoes, it was a gorgeous night with a full moon and a beautiful sunrise. Ben, Matt, and I met Jason and Kim for breakfast at the trailhead and we went all out with eggs, bacon, hash browns, corned beef hash, tortillas, OJ, and Coffee.


With our full bellies and packs, we stepped off at about 9:30AM.


Ben Comments: "Are there rocks ahead? If there are, we all be dead."
Matt replies: "No more rhymes now, I mean it."
Ben: "Anybody want a peanut?"

The rest of the full report can be found on my blog here

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

 Comments or Questions

I do not mean to pry...
07/01/2010 05:25
but you don‘t by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand? I‘m looking for someone I met on the trail.


Well, I dig your camp site....I‘m not saying I‘d like to build a summer home there, but the trees are actually quite lovely.


Is this a kissing trip report?
07/01/2010 05:41
”I could give you my word as a Spaniard...”
”No good; I‘ve known too many Spaniards.”


The quality of this trip report is, well...
07/01/2010 05:51
Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?


(Spent the same day next door on Snowmass! Beautiful day to hike!)


The Classics at Altitude series....
07/01/2010 06:24
Love it!

Image #7: Hypothermia desensitization training.

The breakfast, the hammock, the knife-dance. No wonder I didn‘t make this one - I was totally outclassed!

Good job, lady and gents.

I‘d say it‘s...ah....One for the books.


Holy Cow...
07/01/2010 07:35
that‘s what I said when I had my near death experience on that mountain. glad you are still with us! That peak can have it‘s moments, huh? And Kim, photo #22 is impressive. Way to go girl! Congrats to all of you. And the half mast tribute to Kevin Hayne...that made this classic.


What a day!
07/01/2010 16:14
Thanks for the great hike guys! The report really makes me feel like I am there again. Micah - I am impressed with your ability to remember our quotes exactly. How does that brain of yours cram it all in?

Daniel Trugman

This is
07/01/2010 23:14
quite possibly the best trip report I‘ve ever read! Nice work.


Well Done
07/02/2010 03:12
As usual, your report made me laugh and it was fun. Thanks Micah - sorry I couldnt join you. Love the photos!

Princess brides, the whole lot of ya...
07/02/2010 16:37
Fantastic job, great story and nice pics. Way to make the summit.


07/02/2010 16:52
Emma- I actually had a great uncle born with 6 fingers.
Johnba- Yes... Kissing parts
CarpeDM- Is your avatar on lindsey?
saxmotor- Join us sometime.
Wildlobo71- did you get a chance to check out the ridge between snowmass and Capitol? Now that is all that is man. Even Socrates would agree!
Dancesatmoonrise- That‘s is- Your punishment is having to toprope with no lead climbing for 2 weeks.
Globoreal- We have to still get out together sometime. I have a feeling we would make a pretty good team.
Ksegasser- It‘s cause I‘m not human! I‘m actually an alien! Well, and a ninja!
Daniel Trugman- That is a huge compliment... Thanks.
MattPayne11-There are plenty of peaks left for us to tackle. I‘m glad I can make people laugh while reading. Thanks for the compliment.
Boboknickers- Thanks for the compliment!

What now?
07/02/2010 16:55
The trip of a life time. Shy of the weather holding out, and even that has it‘s place, dare I say E&!C.? Well at any case. Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... This climb had it all. thanks for letting bum along.



07/03/2010 14:59
You all are insane and very entertaining. I can only hope our trip there this weekend will be half as fun.
Thanks for the beta and based on it, I have decided to leave the ice axe at home in lieu of my lance.


Oh the prose!
07/05/2010 14:34
Somehow I missed this TR before sending off to Capitol myself. Good stuff, looks like the group had a blast. I also elected to do the ridge...and I agree, the knife edge was a welcome relief! LOVE the flag hero shots.

Brian C

Sounds like fun!
08/23/2010 14:48
Reminds me of hiking with my buddies. Nice report.


Excellent Report for Late June Attempt
04/13/2011 16:06
I am thinking about this one for late June 2011. Superb trip report for that. Thanks. Vort.


Nicely done
05/09/2011 17:48
Ahh, more kissing?!

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