View of Capitol Peak New Route

Post by blogger | April 21, 2006      

Some of you have been asking for more detail about the new Capitol Peak ski route, Neal Beidleman sent this along (more to come):

Capitol Peak view from Knife Ridge
No dignity on a knife ridge — Chris Davenport “Au Cheval” on Capitol Peak’s razor. The snow windrow on the ridge gets quite a bit wider than this during many years and can be skied or walked across, but during snow seasons the rest of the climbing to the summit is always technical alpinism that surprises some people who expect yet another “easy” Colorado Fourteener. Neal and Dav knew what to expect and were obviously ready for it.

Ski route is marked with red dotted line.


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7 Responses to “View of Capitol Peak New Route”

  1. Brad Samuelson April 21st, 2006 11:55 pm

    The internet has it’s pros and cons, for sure. Being able to follow North American ski mountaineering histry in the making is a definite PRO. Man, those guys (CB crew and Chris D.s) are unbelievable. Thanks to all who are posting reports and pictures.

  2. Mark April 22nd, 2006 7:55 am

    That shot is spooky! Amazing. The terrain and seriousness reminds me of the North Face of Mount Robson, which I think has only one descent. No, the weak need not apply!


  3. Mark Donohoe April 24th, 2006 2:35 pm


    Love it! Like many alpine adventures, the approach/decent is often as hard as the objective itself. I think it’s great that you are posting reports and pictures like this. It’s one of the few places one can find out this info. I can’t actually believe you skiied that ridge Lou!

    On another note, sping is just starting here in the Sierras. We should have good snow well into June, and I’m not just talking Shasta. Come on out and pick your spot.

  4. galen woelk April 24th, 2006 2:41 pm

    Two questions of Davenport.

    1. In hindsight, would he recommend having ascended the descent route. Would appreciate the risk-management perspective. Judging from that photo, I am glad I was not in that position, (without a rope).

    2. How does he get away with getting so many days in the mountains having a wife and kids? I would appreciate any advice on said subject.

  5. Pete Sowar April 25th, 2006 7:07 am

    The reason I failed on that route 3 times is because I tried to climb it. I feel like a sucker now. I probably could have gotten it on my first attempt if I did it in their style.

  6. Ryan April 25th, 2006 8:34 am

    Great photo. Gotta love au cheval; throw all technical know-how out the window and just scoot across on your nether regions. I have to imagine if it was gusty it must have been doubly fun with the skis sticking up.

    The more I backcountry ski, the more I am impressed with some of the decents you guys do. I look back at some winter climbs I’ve done in the Cascades and am floored that people have skied down what I huffed up.

    But Lou, was he wearing Dynafit?!

  7. Greydon Clark April 25th, 2006 4:02 pm


    If you’re a pro skier, your working every time you’re on the hill.

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