Whether Capitol Peak (14,130 ft.) is on your summits tick list or looms large as a solitary mountaineering goal, this 'Grand Teton' of Colorado awaits your arrival! This overnight mountaineering experience takes you into the heart of central Colorado's Elk Range. You'll camp at Capitol Lake and enjoy first class mountain scenery underneath Capitol's northwest face, saddling up early for your summit day the next morning. This world-class climb has earned the reputation as one of the most difficult 14,000' peaks in Colorado, largely due to its' famously exposed 'knife-edge' ridge. With an AMGA trained or certified mountain guide from Aspen Expeditions, you'll be able to enjoy this exciting part of the climb with confidence and safety.
Our AMGA trained and certified mountain guides will tailor a memorable, one-of-a-kind climbing adventure just for you!Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
Duration: Minimum 2-day approach/climb
Location: The guide will be in touch with you the day before to determine your meeting place and any miscellaneous details. Please call 970-925-7625 for any questions.
Maximum Guide Ratio: 2:1
Fitness Level: You should maintain an overall general level of fitness as this climb is challenging.
Includes: AMGA trained/certified mountain guide, use of all technical equipment (helmet, harness, climbing equipment, ropes, packs, etc.), use of all necessary camping gear, and a 3% USFS land use surcharge.
Not included: water, lunch/snack foodPlease contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
Prep- Your guide will contact you the day before at the voice number you give us to discuss an appropriate plan for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time. You will go over necessary gear to pack and meal planning. Think about what type of foods you want to eat while climbing in the backcountry and coordinate with your guide.
You will be provided with a helmet, harness, climbing equipment, ropes, a pack, and all necessary camping gear.
The Day - Meet your guide at your pre-determined location and head to the Capitol Lake trailhead parking lot. Begin the hike in to Capitol Lake with heavy packs, approximately 6.5 miles. There are great campsites and the lake is very scenic. The next day is your summit day. You will begin the approach well before dawn. You will begin up a well-beaten, steep trail for 0.5 miles up to the 12,500-foot saddle between Capitol and 13,300-foot Mount Daly. From the saddle, you will make a descending traverse south into the basin. You will then make your way west through the boulder field to the notorious K2 - the view from Capitol here is breathtaking. You will then continue climbing to the unmistakable "knife-edge." The knife-edge is a 100-foot-long, horizontal stretch of ridge. The best technique to cross this section is to grab the edge with your hands and walk your feet along underneath you - the rock is surprisingly solid, compared to the rest of the climb. You will continue the ascend towards the summit. (Water, lunch/snacks are not included).Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
The following items are provided for your climbing day:
Summers in Aspen tend to be warm and mild, but temperatures can easily drop as you head up in elevation, for example on Independence Pass. Rain/thunderstorms occasionally occur, more often than not in the afternoon rather than mornings. Rain gear will be essential if necessary. Participants will travel in the backcountry and should be prepared for any or all weather conditions.
It is suggested that you maintain a good level of physical fitness, as these climbs are challenging. Exercise uphill with a moderate-sized pack. Go for long runs or bike rides - try to increase your cardiovascular health.
Colorado has 54 14,000-foot peaks! Let us help you summit the ones here in the Elk range, including North Maroon Peak, Pyramid Peak, Snowmass Peak and Castle Peak. We also guide Mount Elbert (the highest of the 54-14ers), and La Plata (the fifth highest).Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
Booking/Cancellation policy: AE requires a full credit card or cash/check payment to hold your reservation. Cancellations made within 14 days of a scheduled climb will be charged full price. Travel Guard insurance is available via aspenexpeditions.com website.
Please note: AEW's number one priority is your safety. Many conditions affect our guides' decisions in the mountains, including client fitness and comfort, weather conditions and route conditions. There are inherent hazards in mountain travel such as inclement weather, avalanches, rock fall, ice fall that our guides manage yet cannot eliminate. The combination of our guides' formal training and wealth of experience assures that their sound decision create an enjoyable and safe mountain experience. Aspen Expeditions reserves the right to turn around or change routes without refunds or credits under any conditions.Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to determine the best date for you or to request more information.
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