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

Saturday, March 19, 2011Alberta, Canada

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N 50° 34.130 W 114° 24.949

BCP515 Whiskey Ridge

Takin It Easy and I hit the trailhead at the HO Ranch just after sunrise to head up Whiskey Ridge. We had earlier checked with the ranch manager about access to the Crown lease land to the north of the main ranch. He had no problems with our request and suggested that we bring the snowshoes – we even brought along a shovel as well!

After passing the main ranch buildings we passed through a gate and directly up the gentle slopes of Whiskey Ridge. Fortunately for us the Chinooks winds of the last week had done a nice job of cleaning off the west facing slopes and any snow that needed to be crossed had a top layer of hard packed ice.

The trail to the cap followed the ridge line along a series of cattle and game trails to the top. There was one fence that needed to be crossed, but everything else along the way presented no difficulty.

After reaching GZ the real hunt began as TiE came well equipped with the proximity numbers for the cap from the nearest reference post. After determining the direction, we spent a good 30 – 45 minutes digging through close to two feet of hard packed snow before uncovering the stove pipe and the familiar shape of the Alberta Survey marker.

We ended up snapping a few pictures of the money shot and the surrounding area, before heading about 50 – 75 metres south of the cache site into a clearing for additional pictures of the area and a snack before heading back to the geobuggy.

Our round trip track showed a distance of just over 9 kilometres for the round-trip and only a couple hundred metres of elevation gain – certainly a very pleasant morning on the trail. Thanks OFTH for setting up this well positioned cap and to TiE for the terrific company on the trail!

This entry was edited by Sleepy_hollow on Sunday, 20 March 2011 at 14:53:24 UTC.

Our target straight ahead!

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Our target straight ahead! log image Our target straight ahead!

The well conditioned road to the ridge log image The well conditioned road to the ridge

A closer look at our goal log image A closer look at our goal

Getting closer to sunrise log image Getting closer to sunrise

View to the SSW from the first part of the ridge log image View to the SSW from the first part of the ridge

Looking north along the ridge log image Looking north along the ridge

Capturing a few pictures log image Capturing a few pictures

The final goal is almost in sight log image The final goal is almost in sight

Sunrise to the east log image Sunrise to the east

The well excavated cap site log image The well excavated cap site

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