Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado - September 12 to 14 1999

Brian, Ted, and Brian's friend ShinHan (who also makes an appearance in next years hiking trip) were the participant's in this years trip. Bob didn't make it because of constraints at work and regrets not coming to this day.

Brian and ShinHan flew into DIA and met up with Ted at his parent's house. They drove to the trail head in the rental. The road to the trail head from Snowmass Village was rather uneventful for the first few miles, but got increasingly more tough the closer to the trail head. They soon came across a flipped over Subaru just prior to the tail head parking area.

The hike started at an elevation roughly that of base camp, which made hiking easy. They used a less traveled route which made traveling on a crisp fall day very pleasant. There was beautiful crisp fall weather with the aspens changing to their fall colors, yellow and orange. Snow dusted the ground at higher elevations. Brian started feeling poorly, and was either sick and/or did not acclimatize well, which made him pretty wiped on the first night at base camp Spud.

The next day, the approach to Capital Peak began. This involved getting to a pass and then traversing around an accessory peak before getting to the knife edge that Capital Peak is known for. Brian still felt poorly, so Ted scouted out the traverse. He came back and said that an early snow had made the descent to the knife-edge very treacherous. Ted came back at a later date to get this one.

They then did a nice hike to the lake at the base of Capital Peak. The following day, they drove back to Denver and left for their respective homes.

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An ominous beginning (tj)

Trail head to destination (tj)

On the trail

Our intrepid hikers at Base camp Spud (Brian, Ted) (tj)

At base camp (Ted, Brian, ShinHan) (tj)

Capitol Peak from base camp

Capitol Lake

At the beginning of the ascent of Capitol Peak (tj)

High on the south slope

South side of K2

K2 panorama

On the route out