BACKSTORY (I was going to grab info. from the "old" forum, but that is now gone - so I may not remember or have all the details) This ESEE Buried Treasure was planted on August 27th, 2013 by a friend of @McKROB in Strathcona Provincial Park, B.C. while he was en route to summit the Golden Hinde. As far as I know, this was the last remaining tube in the field, but there may still be one more somewhere in Romania that was planted by @Expat - you'd have to PM him to confirm the details. There were only 2 members I know of that had attempted to retrieve the BC Tube. @Mar (Mario) did 2 trips up there - but was still unsuccessful after losing the trail on the last run. He definitely made a worthy effort to get up there, and after completing the route, I can assuredly say that it is no joke; the Arnica Lake trail is very difficult and strenuous for anyone to conquer - let alone twice! At least he returned back safely and intact Shortly after joining the ESEE forum, I found the ESEE Buried Treasure sub-forum and thought it was a great idea to promote the brand/company but also make it a challenge for those seeking to retrieve the treasure. I REALLY wanted to get the BC Tube; it had been up there for almost 3 years, it was somewhat close to me, plus, it was planted on my birthday (8/27) - so it added a bit of a personal reason to get up there. I did my research, checked my gear, got my credentials in order and booked a round-trip ferry from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria, B.C. This is the Trip Report from my "ESEE Buried Treasure Adventure" DAY ONE - 9/16/2016 After an anxious night of packing, plotting and stripping my truck of anything of value, I woke up at eagerly around 4:00 am. I took a quick shower and did a final gear check before leaving Olympia around 5:00. It took about 2.5 hours to get to the Port Angeles ferry terminal. The ferry left at 8:00 and traveled another 90 minutes until reaching Victoria, B.C. Goin through customs, the CBP decided to pick my truck for a "random inspection," which further delayed me another hour before clearing me for entry into Canada. Add another 4.5 hour drive on top of that to the trail head. I finally arrived to the Phillips Ridge trail head around 4:00 pm, and it had already started to rain. At this point, I had been sitting, driving, and feeding on beef jerky, Landjaeger, granola bars, water and coffee for almost 12 hours, and I was finally ready to embark on this crazy adventure! At around 4:30, I grabbed my heavy-ass pack (62 lbs.) and gave everything a once-over before locking up my truck. A quick walk up the road to the trail head and I see the "Phillips Ridge Trail" sign with a list of guidelines to adhere to while in the park. Someone had also etched into the sign "76 switchback to Lake Arnica" - and I thought "That is a lot of ******* switchbacks!" For the most part, the trail was not well maintained and severely deteriorated in some sections. Massive windfall damage and fallen trees littered the steep hillside as I ascended higher and higher. I could still hear the drone and clang of the Westmin mine below, which seemed alien while hiking solo in such a remote area. I came across a nice creek that was marked by an old wooden sign - "Water". I stopped for quick break and some pictures of the creek before continuing on. After about 2.5 hours of constant incline, the rain had started getting heavier and the daylight was quickly fading on the densely wooded hillside. My legs were already feeling like rubber and the thought of setting up camp for the night sounded better and better by the minute. With no fires allowed anywhere within Stratchona - I really did not want to get too wet or cold. I tried to find the most suitable area to pitch my tent for the night, which in itself took some time, due to the steep terrain and surrounding deadfall. After finding a "good enough" spot, I set up camp and boiled up some Lasagna-in-a-bag before crawling into my bag for the night.