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

Tuesday, August 14, 2012Alberta, Canada

N 53° 31.457 W 118° 00.408

BCP216 – Moberly Ridge

I decided to check out this long forgotten cap this afternoon, as a number of the longer cap hikes in the area would have been difficult given the monsoon that was parked over the Hinton-Jasper area for most of the day.

I actually hit the trail just before lunch from the base of the fire lookout access road and enjoyed a muddy, but reasonable trail to the Moberly Lookout.

At the lookout the GPS indicated a further 1.6 km to the cap site. So I headed off into the forest with some nasty deadfall, but not as bad as a few of the reclaimed forestry access roads I have experienced in recent weeks. About 50 – 100 meters into the bushwhack, I was fortunate to pick up a well flagged trail / cutline that headed in the direction of the cap. Now this was fine while it lasted, but things quickly deteriorated as I crossed blow down a plenty and bushes loaded with water from the monsoon.

I aimed to stay high to minimize the blow down experience and soon I found the cap ridge with a nice open game trail heading towards the cap. A couple of hundred meters along the ridge I ran into a wall of blow down, that I worked my way around on the south side of the ridge.

Before I knew it, I was at GZ and looking for the cap. It’s a bit of a challenge to find with all of the thick fresh growth in the area. Fortunately after checking out a few spots I came up with the goods – what a pristine cap! I cleared a little vegetation for the money shot, packed up the camera gear, and headed back to the trailhead.

Overall my track log showed a round trip distance of 11.2 km with about 400 – 500 meters of elevation gain. What a terrific little walk in the park – thanks OFTH for setting this one up and I hope it doesn’t take another five years before the next cacher visits this fine cap!

Lookout sign at the trailhead

Additional Images Additional Images

Lookout sign at the trailhead Lookout sign at the trailhead

The gated entrance The gated entrance

The road across the clear cut The road across the clear cut

The cap site The cap site

Context shot - note gps Context shot - note gps

The ridge leading to the cap The ridge leading to the cap

Over grown cutline Over grown cutline

Pretty cloudy today Pretty cloudy today

Moberly LO Moberly LO

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