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

Monday, 24 December 2012Alberta, Canada

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!

Today's parking spot

Additional Images Additional Images

Today Today's parking spot

Trail to the ridge Trail to the ridge

Wild horses Wild horses

Heading up to the ridge Heading up to the ridge

Part of the clear cut Part of the clear cut

Name that Peak #1 Name that Peak #1

Name that Peak #2 Name that Peak #2

Name that Peak #3 Name that Peak #3

The survey stake The survey stake

The small clearing by the cap The small clearing by the cap

The Cap Context Shot The Cap Context Shot

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