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Found it brendan714 found Brass Cap Cache- Smith-Dorrien Rd (Locked)

Tuesday, 27 August 2013Alberta, Canada

BCP622 - Mount Lougheed
N 50 57.932 W 115 15.729

Well what can I say other than WOW?

Sleepy_hollow and I left Calgary at 5:00 AM and got to the trailhead at about 6:30 AM. The Sun was just starting to rise. After organizing our gear we were on our way. The trail began through a mossy drainage before heading through the trees. The trail winded in the trees for about 2.5 km before heading out onto an alpine meadow. SH and I couldn't help but take pictures all the way up. The sunrise was hitting the mountains with a brilliant red that was spectacular.

Once hitting the meadow, we worked across for about another 1.5 km before hitting the bottom of the massive scree slope. Then it was just a straight up scree slog for what seemed like forever! Once at the top of the scree cone, it was time to hitch the hiking poles and put on the helmet. The scramble that followed was the most difficult part of the hike due to the fact that some routefinding was required. There were a couple times that I led us off track, but thankfully SH's intuition and Spirko's route guided us in a safe direction. There are numerous rock ledges, slabs and slippery slopes that we had to tackle or avoid as necessary.

Once through the scramble it was another scree slog to the false summit. Once on top of the false summit it was a somewhat exposed ridgewalk that separated us from the summit.

About 4 hours after leaving the trailhead we were on the 3107 meter summit of Mount Lougheed. After finding the cap, snapping some pictures, dropping a geocache and quickly downing some lunch we were on our way down.

At 2:00 on the dot we were back at the car. In total, the trip was 14.6 km with 1400 meters of elevation which took 7.5 hours to complete.

Thanks OFTH for the AMAZING cap atop this great peak. This is by far my most memorable cap to date, although I'm a mere novice compared to SH. I'm glad I was able to spend the day with SH as we had an excellent time scrambling to the top and sharing stories along the way!

A lonely road this morning

Additional Images Additional Images

A lonely road this morning A lonely road this morning

The sunrise in the clouds The sunrise in the clouds

The sunrise hitting the peaks The sunrise hitting the peaks

The moon above Mt. Sparrowhawk The moon above Mt. Sparrowhawk

Along the alpine meadow Along the alpine meadow

SH stopping for some pictures SH stopping for some pictures

We are heading up there! We are heading up there!

Working up the scree slog Working up the scree slog

Almost at the beginning of the scramble Almost at the beginning of the scramble

Peering between Wind & Sparrowhawk Peering between Wind & Sparrowhawk

Routefinding required! Routefinding required!

A lush alpine bush A lush alpine bush

Working up the final scree slope Working up the final scree slope

Atop the false summit Atop the false summit

Lougheed peak 1 Lougheed peak 1

The ridge to the summit The ridge to the summit

Finally at the summit! Finally at the summit!

SH and I at the Mount Lougheed summit SH and I at the Mount Lougheed summit

Towards peak 3 Towards peak 3

BCP 622 - Mount Lougheed BCP 622 - Mount Lougheed

Brendan714 at the summit Brendan714 at the summit

Looking down the meadow Looking down the meadow

A sheep family below A sheep family below

The lush meadow The lush meadow

Elevation profile Elevation profile

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