N 51° 55.169 W 115° 00.725
BCP523 - Bryant Lake Ridge
Elevation 2564.1 metres
After seeing that AF1 had checked out the Bryant Lake cache a few weeks ago I decided to recruit a few caching scramblers last Sunday to join me on the trek to the Bryant Lake Ridge cap. The weather didn’t turn out well on Sunday, so we quickly rescheduled to Thursday and hopefully some better weather. The forecast for the day was a little cooler (which was a plus), but we easily experienced the four seasons on this trip.
BVPete was able to make the trip, so we met at the trailhead parking at 7:30 a.m. and hit the trail with all the gear at 7:45 a.m. We ended up making a few rock hops across the creek as the main trail meanders throughout the valley. We made good time finding our way up the valley and to the point where we headed up to the ridge.
The ridge walk we completed today (was for me) one of the longest I remember having completed. The ridge has numerous sections that require a few sporty moves – in other words, good hands on scrambling opportunities. The ridge in a number of spots reminds me of Northover Ridge, but significantly more challenging.
Once at the cap site we quickly found the pristine Alberta Survey marker out in the open and not covered with a layer of snow! We did the usual summit shots, hid a cache in the summit cairn, and quickly retreated from our lofty location as a snow squall with strong winds was arriving.
The trip back to the trailhead was quite pleasant as the weather returned to more summer-like conditions and we found a pretty good route down to the valley and back to the Bryant Lake Trail. It was simply an outstanding day on the trail in a pristine backcountry spot.
Thanks OFTH for setting up this challenging cap location and to BVPete for the interesting stories and conversation along the way!