BCP421 Marble Mountain
N51° 54.172’ W115° 12.409’
This mountain top cap was the main objective of the day. I had no idea of the correct access so we started up the road that wraps around the south side of the big hill (mountain). However, we were only able to drive 1.5 kms before some deep, wide potholes stopped the Yaris. I suppose I could have manoeuvred around them, but the day was fine and the cap was only 1.76 kms away, so we decided to start walking. We continued along the road for about 600 meters before turning up towards the top on a steep ATV trail. The trail lead us to what I think was a large reclaimed well site (big terraces like a hillside housing development). It then headed in a westerly direction across the mountain before descending a very deep side valley and up another ridge. Neither one of us was very interested in losing and regaining all that elevation, so I decided to bushwack straight up the hill to try for the top while Mrs BVPete started walking slowly back to the car with the dogs. We agreed that I would have 30 minutes to get to the top or I would turn around and head down.
I had 880m to go from the point where I left the ATV trail and started my climb. The bush wasn’t too bad but man it was steep and sweaty work with that time limit but I made it to the top and the cap with 5 minutes to spare! As I approached the top the CAC Trails showed up on the screen (I guess I should have zoomed out) but they still seemed to be coming from the west or north sides, while my ascent was up the eastern side. I took my photos and made a brief unsuccessful search for the Marble Mtn cache before following my track back to its starting point. I was only 8 minutes late getting back to the car so all was well.
Thank you very much for posting this cap ofth, I sure got my exercise on this one, I am glad the next one is a drive up!