Summits on the Air W6/CT-247 Mt. Williamson

Starting Out

I arrived at the trailhead for Williamson at about 7am. As usual I had hoped to get an earlier start but the snooze button was too tempting. For energy had a Gatorade and Cliff bar to give me some energy for what I felt would be a steep trek.

The Trail

The Trail

I did manage to see a handful of PCTers as they passed me. Perhaps if I wasn’t like a turtle… slow and steady.

This hike provided some amazing views of Mt. Islip, the valley looking West and a somewhat cool view of Lancaster, CA.

Mt Islip in the distance

Mt Islip in the distance

Going up!

Going up!

Amazing

Amazing view from just below Mt. Williamson’s Summit

The Activation

I wish I could say this activation went smoothly but I think the only good thing about it was I actually made 6 contacts. To start Hal (N6JZT) noticed I spotted 144, instead of 146. Then I guess the summit number was changed, Not sure why on that one but I rolled with it.

Switched to the trusty HT

Switched to the trusty HT

The second thing that was a bust is my video didn’t turn out. So no footage there. I think that is one reason I do SOTA. It gives me a subject/topic to film.

On a positive note I hit 100 points. It’s been a year in the making, oh crap at this rate it will take me another 9 years to get mountain goat. Wow!

Standing gave me way better reports... Duh Ryan!

Standing gave me way better reports… Duh Ryan!

As always, thank you chasers and a big thanks to Hal for bailing me out when I was scatter brained. It must have been the altitude or my medication… this we will never know. 😉

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 2.00.00 PM

Cell coverage – Yes(Verizon), Data was not that strong though but I was able to get a couple spots out.

 

 

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