N 52° 12.083 W 113° 13.903
BCP630 - Delburne
Elev. 860 metres
With the weekend's snow looking like it's here for at least a while I was quite happy to see a new brass cap come out this morning. [i]That[/i], I figured I could find, snow or no snow! I loaded the full capping kit into the car, not knowing just how much snow and ice I'd have to move and if I'd have to chip through frozen earth as well.
The #2 north was in excellent shape, dry and bare. Once I turned east onto the secondary highways the conditions varied widely, one minute dry and bare and the next completely ice covered. Needless to say, I wasn't doing anywhere near the limit on the way east. There was very little traffic and those that were out were in no more hurry to end up in the ditch than I was so it all worked out. The worst bit was likely the short stretch of #21 I took just before the turn off into Delburne. It wasn't as bad as say the TransAlta road in Waiparous, but it was bad enough to even slow the semis down!
Delburne was pretty much snowed under but the roads I had to travel on had been plowed pretty well. For a small town there was a fair amount of traffic on the roads but I had no trouble parking near the cap. I noticed some fresh disturbances in the snow near the marker post and decided to take a walk over with just the GPSr and the camera. Who knows? Maybe I'd get lucky and find the cap freshly exposed. And I did. It may not have been uncovered earlier today but it was definitely done since Monday. A fresh piece of lath beside the cap makes me think that perhaps this cap has actually been used for its intended purpose in the past day or so.
Since the cap was already exposed I didn't bother digging through the snow to see if it had been excavated recently. Either way, it's no longer beneath the ground. The cap itself is in very good shape, with only one small tool mark visible on its surface.
With its position just off to the side of a driveway, it's possible that the short marker post could end up buried under a snowbank deeper into winter. But even if the lath disappears as well the end fence post isn't going anywhere and will give you a place to start even in the worst of conditions.
The passing traffic had to slow down to a crawl to get over the deep ruts in the ice created by the rail crossing, so everyone who came by had a good chance to look at the guy messing around in the snow.
Thanks for the brass cap, outforthehunt.
This entry was edited by van der Decken on Friday, 08 November 2013 at 04:01:53 UTC.