Posted N53° 28.891 W117° 37.448
GPSr N53° 28.890 W117° 37.452
The flood clean-up at Sicamous meant our usual trip west was off this month so we had to make other plans. TiE Jr was running in Edmonton next weekend so we decided to hook-up with him there and take the long way to Edmonton from Calgary via the Northwest Territories. Today's stop was in Hinton where we had time for a few unfound caps. This was the first stop of the day. We found the quad trail that passes for a road off the main forrestry road and took it to within 500m of the cap where overgrowth, trail water flow and branches causing geo-pinstriping on the truck meant it was time to park. I suggested that Mrs. TiE and Littlest TiE wait this one out in the truck as the past logs painted a pretty good picture of a tough bushwhack and a steep climb. There was no protest. I walked the wet trail to within 300m of the cap and then entered the bush. That had to be the worst bushwhack I have encountered to date. The lower section was boggy in places with lots of deadfall. The knee deep vegetation cover did a great job at hiding all these ground level features leading to some wet feet and scraped shins. The brush was pretty thick. I was thinking a machete would have been a good idea. When I hit the steep part I had to use my hands the whole way up. My first scramble that didn't involve rocks. I soon arrived at GZ and its view of bush, trees, bush and trees. My insect repellant did a good job at keep the mosquitos at bay, but the flies sure seemed attracted to it. Arghhh... The cap location was quite interesting. I spotted 2 reference pins with aluminum caps that looked prisitine. I then spotted the triangulation station cap cemented in a concrete cylinder and its target post laing next to it. Everything was in great shape. I found a more gentle and lighter bush way down the hill but then got trapped in the lower section and was not able to regain access to the trail until I was almost at the car. Phew! A memorable cap for sure. I understand why this one only gets visited every 3 years or so. Thanks for another challenge OFTH! More to come.