Ute Staffer Angus Morrison and his friend, Eric Kimsey from Steamboat, hiked into Capital Lake and camped at the lake the night before they were going to climb Capitol Peak. The next morning they set off on an early start so the two climbers would have enough time to make the summit and come down before any weather had a chance to move in. This is one of the more difficult climbs located here in the Roaring Fork Valley and should be attempted by people in good aerobic condition with 2-3 days acclimation at altitude.
Because of the early start they were able to watch the morning sun come alive on the rock face of the mountain. In addition there were plenty of flowers in bloom. Sighting a Marmot sunning itself on the rocks and quietly passing by a relaxing big horn sheep made the climb that much more enjoyable.
The spectacular views as they reached the goal of “attacking the ridge”. A conservative approach to the ridge is called – à cheval – to go as if on horseback. Going up to the summit they used that approach to climb along the ridge. But coming back they held onto the rocks of the ridge and climbed across with their feet on one side or the other.
As you can see by the photos they took at the summit the weather was fantastic affording the climber great views across the mountain tops. This was their 6th 14er together and the toughest one yet.