Labor Day weekend (Friday - Tuesday) I’ll be in the remote Sierra Nevada trying to activate a bunch of peaks. I’m 111 points from Goat status, and I’m doubtful I’ll achieve it on this trip, but you never know.
On the list of potentials include a dozen never-activated SOTA summits. I’m hoping to bag somewhere between 7 and 12 of them over 5 days. Much of the trip will be off-trail, and in very remote areas. I am carrying a small VHF/UHF handheld for 2m simplex (central valley, anyone?) and a 5W SSB/CW transceiver. My CW skills are slowly improving, but I typically still operate SSB - generally on 20m and 40m. I will be spotting via deLorme inReach - watch for generic W6/??-??? spots and look for me on a frequency +/-10kHz to avoid QRM. Those spots allow me to use preset messages on the inReach rather than paying 50 cents/spot
Here’s the map of my planned adventure. I may add some of the other peaks near my route if I’m moving fast enough. https://caltopo.com/m/PMG5
Hope to work many of you from those peaks!