BCP554 Kent Ridge
N50° 43.328’ W115° 10.837’
Takin it Easy has been encouraging me to take a hike to this cache for quite a while. I was hesitant as I thought it might be physically be a bit beyond me now. However, he kept working on me so I finally relented and off we went today. We planned to tackle BigR’s caches, but decided to get them on the way down which turned out to be a wise choice. Any way we set out just before 9:00 AM with TiE leading the way up the normal route. Now, the bottom section of this route requires a lot of blow down avoidance detours, but it wasn’t all that bad and things quickly improved as we got higher. The snow began to deepen and we both were happy that we were packing snowshoes. However, we toughed it out until we arrived at the top of the east end of the ridge where we finally just had to put them on. The views now were stunning with a beautiful blue sky and no wind. TiE’s route finding skills were top notch today as he navigated along the ridge minimizing unnecessary elevation gains and losses and we were soon on the last climb. It was slow going up the very steep on its’ lower section with very deep snow. That strong young guy TiE did most of the trail breaking, thank you TiE. I broke trail for a little while and showed TiE what switch backs are for, although he wasn’t convinced that such things were necessary . Finally we broke out of that section and our goal was in sight and I realized I was going to get there, hurray! Even so, I went pretty slowly up the last few hundred meters. The cap was an easy find as Sleepy_hollow and TiE had built a hollow cairn over it, thanks guys. The photos were taken and the views enjoyed before we started down to enjoy a brief lunch a lower on the slope. Then we just followed our tracks down and down until we picked a place to traverse over to the next ridge where BigR’s caches were. The traverse wasn’t very pleasant and the ridge down to the cache was a nightmare (read don’t use this route to get to those caches). The blow down was terrible until just above the higher cache. Below that it wasn’t to bad to the lower cache and then the truck. All in all it was a very good day out with trail finder TiE who was as a usual great companion.
Thanks for posting this cap OFTH, the views were great. And it is nice to know I have a few miles left in these legs.
This entry was edited by BVPete on Friday, 16 November 2012 at 23:48:41 UTC.