BCP455 Corkscrew Mountain
Posted N51° 59.592 W115° 18.170
GPSr N51° 59.592 W115° 18.172
I had really wanted to tag along with the other cap hunters last weekend but had family in town that needed entertaining. The only benefit of not accompanying Sleepy_hollow on a cap quest is that you get to find the caches that he will inevitably leave along the way. I am still haunted by the need to revisit Onion Lake and Kiska Lookout again one day. Today it was just my oldest son and I. We left town at 6AM, grabbed a few caches on the way and started the hike just after 9AM. We were fortunate that another cache had been planted just up the road from the parking spot the other day that allowed us to nab a quick FTF to start the day. We followed the game trails up the right side of the drainage and then gained some elevation to try to avoid the deadfall minefield down below. At one point we were boxed in and dropped down a bit and crossed the drainage to the otherside making use of a fallen tree to walk across. The hike up the other side was not too bad. There were lots of open spots and the deadfall was not too bad. It was still a pretty good pitch though. After 45 minutes, we took a break on the ridge after finding SH's first cache. Good spot. The trek to the cap was straight along the ridge with one more elevation gaining section and a walk though a snowy forest with some more deadfall. The final push to the cap involved more snow accumulation and finished on a rock outcrop with endless views to the east. Not a mountain view but pretty good nonetheless. The cap was a quick find as was SH's last cache. Another nice hide. We reached the top in about an hour and a half. The trek down was pretty quick although too quick at times as I ended up on my backside a few times. Sometimes those solid trees laying on the ground explode beneath your feet from rotting and there is no way to hold your balance. Matt enjoyed each time his old man ended up on his butt. We were down and back at the car in about an hour making the total trip about 2.5 hrs, 4.5km and 460m elevation gain. Thanks for another fun cap that required us to hone our off-trail skills a bit more. It's always fun to make your own way to the top.