That was… interesting. The hike to Mont Oueghi (Wé Xi) FK/SP-101 is short (2 km, 450 m), but it was very hot (~ 30 °C) and humid even at 8:00 when I began the hike with my partner, and we were soon dripping with sweat. The first half of the way is on a narrow but well defined and not very steep path through the vegetation. Then it becomes steeper and rockier, and some light scrambling is necessary.
The pole marking the summit had a slight spider infestation…
…so another antenna pole support had to be found
I knew that the timing was not ideal for DX. John @ZL1BYZ was first in the log on 30m CW, followed by Gerard @VK2IO (thanks for the spots to you both!). After CQing for about 15 minutes on 30m with no further contacts, I switched to 20m CW and later SSB. A number of VKs and ZLs were easily worked with strong signals, as well as a station from Colorado, and two JAs. Unfortunately it then started raining and wouldn’t stop anymore, so when I was soaking wet and there were no more callers for a while, I decided to call it a day. The way down was quite delicate as the rocks had become very slippery.
All in all a well earned 2 points, and a first taste of what SOTA in FK can be like (both hiking and HF wise). It may be a couple of days before the next activation (need to do other things as well ;)).