I headed off on Saturday morning for a day of SOTA fun in lovely spring weather.
I posted an Alert for the first summit only. The plan was to complete a circuit of the Thomson River Valley, picking up hopefully 5 8-point summits plus their winter bonus and perhaps finish with a 6-point summit to make 50 Activator points for the day. Lots of people had posted Alerts, so everyone was predicting a busy day of SOTA activity.
Plans did not quite eventuate. I had an incident with my vehicle mid-afternoon between summits 3 and 5, after having decided to abort an attempt to summit 4. The short story is that the vehicle had a failure which resulted in an engine fire that then engulfed the entire vehicle.
I managed to remove most of my gear from the car with no ill effects other than inhaling a little smoke.
You can read all about it on my blog:
Many thanks to Tony VK3CAT and the others who assisted from afar. Tony and I wound down after the excitement by activating Mt Useful - it is only a very short distance from the exit route from the area and abandoned the idea of the 6-point summit.