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Saturday, September 2, 2017Alberta, Canada

BCP663 - Northover Ridge [FOUND]

Today was day 2 of what was supposed to be a 4-day backpacking trip. The plan was to head to Aster Lake, along Northover Ridge, to Three Isle Lake, and then over South and North Kananaskis Passes to Turbine Canyon. The closure of the BC backcountry killed the trip over the passes, so we ended up coming straight out from Three Isle Lake on day 3.

I got a headstart on my group out of Aster Lake in order to give myself some time to make this detour. The plan was to headstart and then catch up. A conservation officer caught up to me crossing the outwash and we chatted for a bit, before she carried on to the ridge and I headed off on my detour. It was a bit of a huff up here with my full backpacking pack, but not technically challenging. I was happy to see that guard post, though! The view from the top was wonderful. After a quick find of the cache and cap, I headed back down to the snowpatch and to the trail, where I headed off towards the ridge to catch up with the rest of my party. I can't believe this one hasn't seen more traffic, with the proximity to Northover Ridge!

Morning at Aster Lake

Additional Images Additional Images

Morning at Aster Lake Morning at Aster Lake

Looking up the drainage to Mt. Joffre Looking up the drainage to Mt. Joffre

Braided Streams and Glacial Outwash Braided Streams and Glacial Outwash

I think it I think it's over there

Northover Mountain Northover Mountain

Warrior Mountain Warrior Mountain

Northover Tarns Northover Tarns

Looking towards the cap site from Northover Ridge Looking towards the cap site from Northover Ridge

infoA Mystery Cache is the “catch-all” of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. Due to the increasing creativity of geocaching this becomes the staging ground for new and unique challenges.
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