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Saturday, 03 June 2017Alberta, Canada

BCP765 - Onion Ridge (FOUND)

N 52° 08.133 W 116° 01.432
Elevation: 2205.809 metres
D/T: 1.5/4.5

Today, I joined Sleepy_hollow and made my third attempt at reaching the Onion Peak survey marker. (It would be SH's sixth attempt.)

I left home at 4:00 a.m. to meet SH at 4:30 and begin our three-hour drive to the trailhead. This time, we did two major things differently.

First, we picked a sunny, warm, Spring day with gentle breezes and very little snow on the ground (rather than a cold, blizzardy, Winter day with gale-force winds and lots of snow/ice on the ground and/or in the air).

Second, we scrapped the idea of ascending the east ridge and opted instead to climb the drainage just west of that ridge. SH had brought a pair of mountain bikes, which we rode 3.25 kilometres along the Onion Lake Trail before we started our climb at 9 o'clock.

This third ascent was surprisingly easy. The climb was relatively gradual, with no major obstacles, and lots of great scenery to reward our efforts. SH and I reached the saddle after a half-hour bike ride and a 2.25-hour hike. Our total elevation gain was a little under 500 metres.

We had brought a measuring tape, metal detector, and spade, but they were all unnecessary as the cap was very close to the obvious guard post and a couple inches above ground level. The brass was already perfectly clean with barely any scratches. It looked like it had been placed three years ago rather than over thirty.

The views were amazing from 2,206 metres high on this picture-perfect day, so we took a few photographs, soaked in the scenery, and ate part of our lunches.

After two failed attempts, it was great to finally reach (and find!) this particular benchmark, even if I can no longer log it on the Brass Cap cache page.

It wasn't even noon yet, and the sun wouldn't set until 9:56 p.m., so we had plenty of time to make the more difficult climb to Onion Peak summit. Our initial route upwards left us facing an impassable obstacle, but we backtracked a little ways and found a better path to the top, where we were rewarded with even more incredible views at 2,475 metres. Success!

We descended the southwest ridge, visiting a couple of the lower summits (and four geocaches) along the way. Don also placed six new geocaches during this trip. The bikes made for a relatively easy, 20-minute ride back to the vehicle rather than an hour-long trudge after an exhausting day.

It was now 5:00 p.m. My track log showed our total distance at 17.8 kilometres with 969 metres of total climbing. As well as seeing some spectacular scenery and numerous early wildflowers, we spotted scores of deer, dozens of wild horses, several coyotes, and a family of five bighorn sheep. I arrived home a little after 9 p.m. to end a simply wonderful day.

The cap

Additional Images Additional Images

The cap The cap

Brass cap in context Brass cap in context

View from brass cap View from brass cap

SH at the cap SH at the cap

CR at the cap CR at the cap

Today Today's route to the top (and back)

A failed attempt A failed attempt

Rocky sentinals Rocky sentinals

Up the drainage Up the drainage

Small waterfall Small waterfall

SH ascending the drainage SH ascending the drainage

View east from Onion Peak View east from Onion Peak

View south from Onion Peak View south from Onion Peak

View southwest from Onion Peak View southwest from Onion Peak

View west from Onion Peak View west from Onion Peak

SH ascending Onion Peak SH ascending Onion Peak

SH at the top of Onion Peak SH at the top of Onion Peak

CR at the top of Onion Peak CR at the top of Onion Peak

View east from S2 View east from S2

View north from S2 View north from S2

View west from S2 View west from S2

View east from S3 View east from S3

View west from S3 View west from S3

A few of the many wildflowers we saw today A few of the many wildflowers we saw today

infoA Mystery Cache is the “catch-all” of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. Due to the increasing creativity of geocaching this becomes the staging ground for new and unique challenges.
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