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Found it van der Decken found Brass Cap Cache- Smith-Dorrien Rd (Locked)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011Alberta, Canada

N 51° 35.522 W 115° 14.230

BCP499 - Hunter Valley
Elev. 1909 metres

As BVPete noted in his log, it's now a fair bit longer walk to get to this cache. The road in has its own version of Moose Mountain's Buggeration Hill. You start off with a 75 metre elevation gain followed by a 50 metre loss. The real elevation gain begins begin when you leave the road. In the last 800 metres we gained over 220 metres in elevation. Our route up took us through an old cut block that has a fair amount of deadfall to get over. On our trip down we found it better to stick to the burned out trees and got back to the road around N51 35.117 W115 14.523. If you choose to head up here, stick to the north side of the drainage until it intersects an old ATV trail that follows an older cutline. Another option is to leave the road at N51 34.547 W115 13.874 and head up a steep cutline northeast. This cutline should intersect another one heading northwest around N51 34.687 W115 13.390. Follow it northwest and you should end up on the same summit. From there, a short steep climb will bring you to the cap.

There were lots of wild raspberries on the summit, making for a tasty dessert for our lunch. The views are actually quite spectacular, all the more for the old fire clearing out much of the foliage. It may not be a mountain, but it's a good long walk and climb to get here and it's nice that there's something to see once you arrive. Thanks for the hike and the cap, outforthehunt. And many thanks to BVPete for providing the transportation and company!

This entry was edited by van der Decken on Thursday, 18 August 2011 at 03:53:41 UTC.


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