N 51° 45.293 W 115° 10.657
BCP604 – Great North Ridge
Well I decided that today was the day to check out this new cap and avoid the line-ups at the mall. So with cooler weather in the forecast I brought out the cold weather gear, as the Forestry Trunk area was expecting minus 25 Celsius on the high side when figuring in the wind chill formula.
I found terrific parking and hit the trail just after 8:30 am. The industry access road to the area had been freshly ploughed and the trail running up to the ridge had recent motorized traffic, meaning that 2/3’s of the trip didn’t require the breaking of any trails!
About a kilometre into the hike the Great North Ridge came into view about 2.5 km down the trail. I decided to take the high route to the ridge and avoid the plentiful supply of clear-cut waste on the lower route. Just as I made in over the hill there were twelve wild horses feeding on a very thin crop of grass. My trekking pole for the day (a shovel) clanked against a rock and the horses were quickly off for the friendlier surroundings of the ridge top. Fortunately I had a good view point and was able to watch the horses until they crossed the ridge.
I picked up the old log-haul road leading to the ridge which has been reclaimed, but it offered relief from travel in the dense conifers. As I hit the ridge top I was still 500 metres from the cap and the going was simply nasty through the thick bush. I stayed with in and close to 30 minutes later arrived near the cap site.
I noticed the first two marking posts and due to their location made a logical assumption of where the cap might be placed. As I approached ground zero I found a metal fence post with three guy-wires attached. Sadly it wasn’t in an upright position, but the wires were still attached to three objects in the area.
I quickly cleaned up the loose materials near what I assumed was GZ and took out the metal detector. I quickly heard a beep, beep, beep; turned off the metal detector and further cleaned off the ground. I found a loose survey ground post (stake) that you typically assume would be attached to the cap and embedded in concrete. Well this one was a little different, as it had some interesting marks near the top tip.
At this point I wasn’t sure if I had found the cap, or if further excavation was necessary. I decided to clean a little more of the cover off and give the metal detector another shot. Well it only took two sweeps and a welcomed beep was heard. This time I uncovered the pristine cap and got it ready for the money shot.
After getting the needed pictures, I decided to hide a cache near the cap. So I started to look for a small collection of wood and was surprised to a few interesting artifacts. I ended up finding three large sized light reflectors – the kind from a street light. Well this reminded me another Forestry Trunk cap that I found with Joci last September. I ended up using the covers to cover the cap and the cache and then reinforce things with a little dead fall.
My round trip track log showed a trip of just under 10 km with a few hundred metres of elevation thrown in to make things interesting. It was certainly a fine day on the trail – thanks OFTH for setting this one up and all the best of the season to your family!