White, Hinchcliffe, and Soderquist Pioneer New Line On North Face of Capitol Peak


Congratulations to ski mountaineers Jordan White, Colter Hinchcliffe, and Riley Soderquist for pioneering a first descent down the north face of 14,130 foot Capitol Peak in the Elk Mountains of Colorado. The trio of Aspen locals skied an exposed, 60-degree pitch on June 4, 2015. Between multiple rappels and super steep skiing, White, Hinchcliffe, and Soderquist skied one burly line in one of the best ski mountaineering seasons in Colorado that anyone can remember.

Peg Leg, Capitol Peak
Green is rappels, Red is skiing. Photo: Jordan White (Source: Skiing Magazine)

After summiting, the group rappelled into the line and then skied the unknown slope for about 1,500 feet down to the final rappel. Due to Hinchcliffe fumbling and dropping a ski on the final rappel, the line has been officially named ‘Peg Leg.’ Hinchcliffe found the ski later and was able to ski out.

A new line like this on one of Colorado’s 14er’s is ski mountaineering at its finest. Congratulations fellas! What epic line will you ski next?