Capitol Peak, as seen from the trailhead
Sarah and I climbed Capitol Peak via the standard route under impeccable skies.
To avoid hauling heavy overnight packs up to Capitol Lake, as is the standard practice, Sarah and I decided to tackle Capitol in a single day. The long approach demanded a super early start. We left the trailhead at 1:45 A.M. and didn't reach the summit until 8:00 A.M.
sunrise behind Mount Daly
Snowmass Mountain dowsed in early morning alpenglow
Andy standing atop “K2” at sunrise
Andy negotiating a section of the infamous knife edge
the summit ridge line reaching toward the moon
Andy perched just below the summit with Pierre Lakes more than 3,000-ft below
Snowmass Mountain makes for a stunning backdrop on Capitol’s summit
wildflowers abound on the grassy slopes below the Mount Daly saddle
absorbing the neck-straining view of Capitol Peak from Capitol Lake
departing view of Capitol's knife edge