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Gneissone: This doesn't get many hits and it is on private land so I am archiving it.


B09: Stake Your Claim

A cache by Gneissone and Shigum Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 04/26/2009
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Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

A short hike with an elevation change of about 100m.

A short but fairly steep hike up to an old claim post. Prior to 2005, prospectors in BC had to stake their mining claims by driving posts into the ground to outline the location of the claim, or by squaring off a convenient tree (chopping off the top, branches and sides). A metal tag would be affixed to the post, and the prospector would then head to the Mining Recorder's office to register the claim.

While ground staking is still used in most Canadian provinces, BC adopted an online system in 2005. Now a claim can be staked without ever setting foot on the location.

This cache can be done on its own, or along with the Coal Hill series. There is a pullout you can park at, located at N 50 39.851, W 120 25.712. Walk up the old road until you see the trail on the right. I followed the trail until N 50 39.793, W 120 25.520 where I turned right and headed up the slope, but there are probably easier ways :)

If you head up this way you may come across an old mine adit from the Big Onion mine at N 50 39.742, W 120 25.569 but I would not recommend investigating too closely as it does not appear to be filled in well. Further along is an old car lying in the field. There are many more old adits, roads, claim posts and garbage dumps hidden among these hills if you feel the urge to wander further. The cache is in a fairly obvious location, near the old claim post. There is also a great view!


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