BCP141 - Kananaskis Lookout
N50° 36.767 W115° 04.171
An easy find today. NOT! But a fun find!
This is my 200th Brass Cap find, a milestone!
There were several reasons why I shouldn't have gone up today. One the way out it was lightly raining, I figured, "So what, I have rain-gear."
I had planned on stopping just off highway 40 and parking where Judy-Wan and cymbc did ... oops, the highway is still closed! So I went around by the Kananaskis Lakes as I remembered that where were also access points from there.
Drove around in the campground looking for a spot to access, nothing ( so I thought ). I finally parked in a big parking lot just off the road and started to get ready. I went to put my contact lenses on and had the right one on, went to get the left one but realized that it was stuck to a lens that I had mistakenly left in the container, rats! I tried and tried to get them apart but in the end decided just to wear glasses.
Ready to go! Walking up I realized that I could've parked in the campground ( at Alt-park, see my pic ) and save myself a total of 2km, doh!
Oh well, onward and upward. It was lightly raining on the way up, not a problem and a nice addition to the sun. The first 4 kms were a nice rolling trail that was a series of short grunts, followed a plateau of rolling trails. I rested at "Picnic Table" in my pic, which appears to join up with the trail taken by Judy-Wan and cymbc.
Then up and up, a very nice trip. At 1km it started to get a bit steeper, mostly a steady uphill with no more rolling trails, nothing serious. I passed the Inukshuks mentioned in Judy-Wan's log, pretty cool, then was passed by two mountain bikers ( yup, you can ride up ). Steadily heading up the last 800 meters, looking forward to a break.
Three other mountain bikers were coming down, where did they come from? Oh, yeah, I noticed a south route up before I left my Jeep. Anywhooo, after the two original mountain bikers met me as they were going down, saying "Made it up, eh?" I was there!!! Found the cap very quickly, it's right out there, and had a bite to eat.
Left something up there for future caching visitors, then headed down.
Two hours up, 1.5 hours down, 420 meters of elevation gain and total distance of 10.4 km.
Thanks a lot OFTH, a very nice hike for my milestone cap.
[This entry was edited by nicolo on Saturday, June 03, 2006 at 7:29:15 PM.]