Summits on the Air W6/CT-010 Mt. Islip

Islip Journey

Today I decided I wanted to do a summit that was 8 points. Still trying to get my first hundred has been eluding me. I was easy to pick which one as I had yet to venture far East on the Angeles Crest Highway. One thing to note is that there is no cell reception on Mt. Islip. But the radio coverage rocks.

Islip Saddle

Islip Saddle

The beginning of the trail amounted to a good amount of switchbacks and uphill climbs. The good thing about uphill is you know coming back it’s going to be a bit easier. Unless going down you have weak knees. That’s a whole different subject though.

PCT
PCT

PCT

This trail follows the PCT for a bit, it was neat to see all the die hard thru hikers heading North. I give it to them, there’s no way in hell I could make it. Today’s 7 mile hike kicked my butt. This is because I have a bum knee from the Navy. As a side note, you also pass through Little Jimmy campground which was full of hikers. I mighty stay here one night, that is once I get over my fear of bears.

Bit of Snow

Bit of Snow

An Amazing view

An Amazing view

At the point where I came to the top I was greeted with an amazing view.

Summit in sight

Summit in sight

This is the point where I was passed by a man and four women. How embarrassing!

The rock cabin

The rock cabin

Proof I was at the top

Proof I was at the top

The Activation

I only did 2 meters on this one as the wind was kicking up and there were a good amount of people on the summit. Thank you to all the chasers and those that wanted to have QSOs. You know how SOTA goes.

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Towards Islip Saddle I heard a call for Summits on the Air. He had a really strong signal. We chatted a bit and he was telling me Mt. Lewis was a new mountain added to the SOTA registry. He said there were many more added as well.

Thanks for reading!

73, WC6Q

 

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