BCP123 – Table Mountain
N49° 21.753’ W114° 15.545’
My son Shigman and I set out from Cochrane about 6:30 AM and travelled south to Beaver Mines RA to climb Table Mountain. I knew that it was a special place due to ofth’s cache page photos and several logs written by other cachers. However, there is nothing like firsthand experience to fully appreciate the spectacular nature of this mountain top. We started our hike at about 9:30 AM and followed the well marked trail (as stated by van der Decken) to the summit ridge. At times this climb became very steep, but Shigman set a pace his old man could handle while the scenery unfolding around us took our minds of the work. Man, when you first break out over the ridge top you better quickly come out of your Zen like climbing trance or you will be taking the fast way down, maybe a big stop sign would be in order!
After we had taken the cliff photos and enjoyed the awesome views, we turned east and continued along the ascending ridge top to the summit of the mountain. What a beautiful walk, especially the section where we were walking through a Larch forest, resplendent with Mountain Arnicas, Fleaband Daises and Mountain Chickweed. I thought I had expired, due to all that hard work, and was in what I want heaven to be! Shigman had gone on ahead and was almost at the mountain top while I was experiencing “Heaven” and I had to hurry right along to catch up. We found the cap and were glad that the wind was very light, it could be intimidating trying to get the cap photos while the normal gales, that are common around these parts, attempted to blow you over that cliff only a meter away.
We then enjoyed our well deserved lunch before retracing our path back down the mountain. Just after starting down we were treated to a bunch of Rocky Mountain Sheep in their natural environment , much better than on the highway. We had passed an older (older even than me) couple on the way up over by the cliffs at the west end of the summit ridge. We discovered, on our return journey, that he was 81 and she was 78. How about that!
Thank you very much for posting this cap outforthehunt, the journey here is one of the top hikes we have experienced and I am sure we will be back. I want more of that heavenly feeling!
The cap numbers are hidden by a Mountain Arnica.
[This entry was edited by BVPete on Friday, July 24, 2009 at 9:47:17 AM.]