BCP515 Whiskey Ridge
Posted N50° 34.130 W114° 24.949
GPSr N50° 34.131 W114° 24.947
Sleepy_hollow and I have been trying to get together to hike out to this cap since it was published back in January. Between SH's search for extraterrestials on the E.T. Hwy and the endless meets I went to for my son's indoor track season, we never were available at the same time. Finally today was the day we were both set to go. We left bright and early and made it to the parking spot at sunrise. The selected route was a gradual incline right up the spine of the ridge. The initial part involved traversing the grazing area on the Agricultural Public Lands of the OH Ranch Longview which we had recreational access permission to do. The ranch is for sale for a meagre $29 million, so it's worth checking out the cap just to look at a potential investment opportunity as well. It took careful footing (blocked nasal passages would have also been a benefit) to to avoid the minefield of cow patties, but thankfully most of them were frozen. We were soon ascending the ridge and the limited snow which was present mainly on the eastern slope, meant yet another hike with the snowshoes securely fastened to the pack. The hike up the ridge was quite pleasant and scenic, even with the approaching weather and low lying fog banks. We started to wonder whether we were hauling up shovels for nothing, but past experience told us to be ready for anything. Sure enough, when we got to GZ, there was a 2-3 foot pile of snow right on the ridge top in front of the reference marker. I pulled out the compass and tape measure and measured off the distance and direction from RM#2 to the cap (RM#1 was nowhere to be found), put an X in the snow and we started digging... and digging... and digging... About 45 minutes later we found the cap not quite where the hint indicated, but close enough. Yet again... we were not to be denied of a cap find. This proved to be another really fun shoulder season hike in the area with great company thanks to SH! There's lots of neat places to be found on the Agricultural Public Lands once you sort out access. The trek ended up the ridge and back ended up being 9.3km with an elevation gain of just over 250m. Thanks for another fun cap outing OFTH!