N 51° 02.658 W 114° 03.786
BCP063 - Calgary Tower
So I said to myself, says I, "Hey, this cap looks like I pass it several times when I'm walking down town - I'll just nose around the sidewalk by the Calgary Tower until I find it".
But my mapping software seemed to be pointing more "inside".
So, I did a bit of research, and learned: LOCATED ON TOP OF CALGARY TOWER IN DOWNTOWN CALGARY; MARKER IS A HIGH POINT ABOVE THE OLYMPIC FLAME; SIGHT ON CENTRE OF GAS TUBE JUST BELOW THE BOTTOM OF THE RADIO MAST AND TWIN LIGHTS.
At which point, I said to myself, says I, "Hmmmmm - I'm not particularly likely to actually see the numbers there - not that I'm that afraid of heights, you understand!!!"
I thought about various mechanisms to chase this one down – telephoto lens from a high building or an airplane, bribing a maintenance worker, and so on. Nothing seemed workable.
But I still had the dream of finding it. I dragged my trusty companion along to the top of the Petro Canada Building with a very long rope. I used my innate Calgarian lasso skills to rope the top of the Calgary Tower. We wrapped the other end of the rope around the Petro Canada building. Once it was secure, I started moving along the rope, 60 stories above ground level, hand over hand, monkey-style, across 6th Avenue, across 7th Avenue, across 8th Avenue, and finally reached the top of the tower. Once I got there, I took a picture of the brass cap, and signalled my trusty companion to release the rope. I then rappelled down the rope to the ground beside the tower. Unfortunately, some of Calgary’s finest were there waiting for me – my search had apparently caused some concern amongst the citizenry below. More unfortunately, they confiscated my camera, and exposed the film to daylight, and in the excitement I forgot the numbers on the cap. But for a while, I was famous – made the front page of the Herald and the Sun – although the Sun misspelled my name.
So, even though I have no evidence, I would still like to log this as a find. Thanks for the fun, OFTH.