I have just has a call from John G4YSS/ GX0OOO/p who is now in mobile phone coverage. He has abandoned his intentions to activate LD-035 or LD-037 in view of the severe weather conditions.
He is walking off Grisedale Pike and has just descended below the snow line. He is about 30 minutes from the car and is now relatively safe.
He reports that conditions on Grasmoor were not too difficult, but that Grisedale was a different matter, with heavy snow and 60 mph gusts. The ground was frozen so hard that it was impossible to erect the antenna or supports and he had to manage with the apex about 6 foot off the ground and ends trailing in the snow. In spite of this he managed many contacts with chasers and even a couple of 229 reports on top band.
He had great trouble dismantling the station in drifting snow, was blown off his feet twice and lost his map, cases and info sheets, all blown over the summit.
It is reports such as this that make chasers very appreciative of the activators who really earn their extra winter bonus points.
It is to be hoped that he manages to return home over the Pennines without too much difficulty. At the moment it is snowing hard here at his destination, in Scarborough, on the East coast.