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Found it Sleepy_hollow found Brass Cap Cache- Smith-Dorrien Rd (Locked)

Saturday, 05 November 2011Alberta, Canada

N 49° 50.791 W 114° 21.350

BCP557 - Thunder Mountain

Well with a new cap at an elevated location available, TiE, BVPete, and I headed out this morning with the goal of arriving at the TH after sunrise. We made it to the TH by 8:45 am and surveyed our options for the hike. We decided on the ridge extending to the NE from the survey point as our route due to earlier trip reports and what seemed to be a reasonable track log.

The trail was pretty straight forward and we quickly found ourselves well above our parking spot. We made quick work of the lower section and arrived at the Thunder Mountain boulder field. The spot allows for amazing views to the east and west, as well as giving you a good look at the ridge ahead.

After snapping a number of pictures we got back on the trail and enjoyed some pleasant experiences on the ridge to the summit.

It took a little work to find the elusive cap, but TiE found a survey artifact and shortly thereafter the cap - way to go TiE! After getting the necessary pictures, we quickly retreated off the ridge due to the freezing wind - it was quite nasty!

The trip back down the ridge to the car went very well despite the collection of snow along the trail.

Simply another fine shoulder season hike with fine company - thanks OFTH for the well chosen location and to TiE and BVPete for the great conversation on the trail.

The traditional trailhead shot

Additional Images Additional Images

The traditional trailhead shot The traditional trailhead shot

Surveying the route ahead Surveying the route ahead

Looking west down through the Gap Looking west down through the Gap

Winter has arrived! Winter has arrived!

TiE in the boulder field TiE in the boulder field

We still have a way to go We still have a way to go

Looking NE from the ridge Looking NE from the ridge

A pretty good trail exists to the top A pretty good trail exists to the top

TiE and BVPete at the cap site TiE and BVPete at the cap site

Looking up the summit ridge Looking up the summit ridge

Looking east Looking east

A spot out of the breeze A spot out of the breeze

Thunder Mountain Cap Elev Profile Thunder Mountain Cap Elev Profile

BCP557 Route BCP557 Route

Tornado Mountain to the WNW Tornado Mountain to the WNW

Another prominent peak to the west Another prominent peak to the west

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