Posted: N49° 36.464 W110° 00.316
GPSr: N49° 36.467 W110° 00.317
After the fun I had hunting down the original Cypress Hills cap back in 2011 only to find it gone, I was excited when OFTH published this replacement in the same year. It has taken me 3 years to finally get my act together and get out here again. It took a year before this cap was first found by SH and Joci and it has gone unfound for 2 years since then. I enlisted BVPete's help in going for this one and he was, as expected, more than willing to join in.. We started researching route discussions. SH came in from Fort Walsh on the SK side. I was researching routes in from the west off of Hwy 41 in AB and BVPete was looking into coming in from the north on the AB side. In the end, we chose BVPete's route which came down Graburn Road. The road is named after the first Mounted Police officer to be killed by violence back in 1879. There is a grave site along the route to be checked out. After the grave site, we took a fork to the left that headed towards the border and Battle Creek. We expected this part of the road to be sketchy as it descended down to and traveled along the Battle Creek area. Sure enough at the border we were greeted with the "Impassable When Wet" sign. Fortunately, it had not rained for a while and the road was pretty decent. Most of the road was ungraveled clay and if wet, I think it would have been incredibly slick. We soon got to the West Benson Trail which is a designated hunting trail. We knew we would have to ford the creek at this point. We followed the trail and soon hit the creek. At first BVPete and I figured it was time to park the truck and head in on foot as both ends of the crossing were mud holes but the creek was not too deep and we decided to plow through. It was actually uneventful. With big grins on out face we pressed on towards the cap on a trail that had a few deeply rutted spots a few extremely muddy spots that eventually hit the border. We parked about 290m from the cap and had a nice windy stroll to the cap (after leaping the fence along the border). The cap actually took a moment to spot in the long grass, but BVPete spotted it and high fives ensued. We reversed our course back out and continued on with a few more caps to find on the way home. This is the type of capping road trip that I enjoy. A hard to get to spot with a good friend. What a great day! Thanks for another adventure OFTH!