N 50° 01.489 W 114° 13.318
BCP203 Whaleback Ridge
We had a great day at the Whaleback today. It began with getting permission for access from a local landowner. We explained the process of geocaching and searching for brass caps. He then told us where to park on his land and how to access the backcountry from his ranch.
We began with several fence crossings, a beaver dam crossing and then a bushwhack over a small ridge. We ventured down a power line and then veered off on Alberta Forestry property and up Bob Creek. This was an excellent trail that leads to the base of BCP203. Along the way we met the Rancher from the North, looking for stray cattle; the true west!
Now the tough climb to the brass cap. Within 50 metres from the summit we ran into a bear with two cubs, she fled south, and we debated, do we continue or do we turn back. We made a large detour and carefully hiked our way to the top.
At the summit, there were three, count em; three survey markers, three survey pegs, but no brass cap. Sleepy_hollow finally made the find under some rocks and soil. The pics were taken and down we headed.
Well halfway down the steep section we again met our bear family (the three little bears). Again we veered away from them and regained the trail well below the family.
Our trip out was quick and uneventful, a lovely fall day.