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

Tuesday, 17 August 2010Alberta, Canada

N 49° 35.792 W 113° 55.193

BCP482 - Summerview
Elev. 1142 metres

If at first you don't succeed... let outforthehunt pick a better one!

Made my way down on a very hazy/foggy/smokey afternoon after work. The closer I got, the lighter the traffic became until by the time I was crossing the Oldman Dam, I had the road to myself. The last section of the drive was along a very narrow sideroad; I'm glad I didn't meet any oncoming traffic.

I spotted a guard pole in the area I expected to find the cap, but after my experience with the first location, I wasn't taking anything for granted. The cap eluded me for a few seconds, as it wasn't in front of the post, but rather off to the side. It's about a foot to the north of the pole, in the bottom of a small depression. I had the tablet markings along and was happy to see that the cap's markings agreed. Found it this time! The cap is a small aluminium cap flush with the ground level in the bottom of the depression. It has a few tool marks on its surface, but all the text is still legible.

As an experiment, I tried the compass out on it and was surprised to find that it did not deflect. Only when I placed it right on the cap (and as close to the rebar as I could get it) did it finally deflect a small amount. Given that behaviour, it's entirely possible that the cap is indeed present at the original location. There was a muddy depression within a metre of ground zero there, but once the compass failed to detect anything there, I have to admit that I gave up on it. With the small size of the cap, it's possible I missed it with the screwdriver; it's also possible that it's deeper than I dug. (I stopped at another cap of this type on the way back and it was in a pretty deep hole.)

Thanks for the cap, outforthehunt. It took two trips, but I learned some new things along the way so it all worked out. Among them; just because there's a pillar nearby doesn't mean that what you're looking for is [i]also[/i] a pillar, not all caps are brass, and not all steel posts are strongly magnetic!

This entry was edited by van der Decken on Wednesday, 18 August 2010 at 15:36:01.

BCP482Definitely not a pillar!

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