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Found it PDOP's found Brass Cap Cache- Smith-Dorrien Rd (Locked)

Friday, July 14, 2006Alberta, Canada

BCP219 12 Mile Creek

Edit: Changed to a find as per OFTH

I'm posting a DNF for this one but will be asking for a decision from the ref (OFTH). More on this later

I didn't really expect to find this one as Rocky 1 had made two visits last year, the second with a metal detector. Navigating the back roads west of Switzer Provincial Park got me to within a couple of KM of the cap. I parked at the end of one of the mill's spur roads and set out across the cutblocks purple with fireweed. About half way to the cap I came out of the bush onto another mill road and followed it to within a few hundred metres of the cache.

A short climb through another cutblock and I was on top of the hill and at the cap. I quickly found the log http://img.geocaching.com/cache/log/3d484897-9c15-4e8b-9d58-1abbf47aa298.jpg
(but no poodle) where Rocky 1 had snapped his photo last summer. Leaning against the log was a short section of tree with spikes and wire which I'm guessing Rocky 1 found on his second visit. While searching the area I found another smaller piece with a spike.

The hint for this cap describes as being marked by a signal target 6.1 metres above the surrounding trees so I'm guessing that the trees with spikes and wire were part of the tower for the target. It must have been fairly tall to get above the surrounding trees.

Now for the appeal to the ref. A review of the SPIN data for this cap only states that it's marked by the signal target and makes no mention of an actual pin or brass center or that a cap was installed later. The tower and target has been destroyed by logging (or just the passage of time) but we have found pieces of what may be the tower. So OFTH is there always a pin or was there just a tower at this location? Have Rocky 1 and I found the tower so we can bag this cap?

[This entry was edited by PDOP's on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 10:54:40 AM.]

Pieces of the Signal Tower?Note the spikes and wire.

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Pieces of the Signal Tower? Pieces of the Signal Tower?

Wire and Spikes Wire and Spikes

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