Wednesday 8th August 2018 - Kinder Scout G/SP-001
I’d been trying to get Marianne to join me on a walk up Kinder for a while, particularly since the installation of the new flagged - and largely flat - route from Rushup Edge. Previously, she has either declined outright, or bailed out on the morning of the day! But this time I finally got my XYL to join me!
It wasn’t an early start. Maz doesn’t do early starts. By the time we had collected our picnic items from Big Tescos, it was around 1015 BST. I needed to fill-up with fuel as well, but we got to the long lay-by on Rushup Edge between Chapel-en-le-Frith and Edale, kitted up, and managed to start walking just before 11am. I was mindful of heavy rain coming in after 3pm, so went at a brisk but comfortable pace that would see walk times of 90 minutes each way.
We paused at the trig point on Brown Knoll after about an hour’s walking, and ended up scoffing most of our picnic there! We then had a walk of about 30 minutes down to the Pennine Way and then uphill to Kinder Low.
It was quite breezy across the summit, though to my surprise, Marianne wasn’t bothered by this and chose to sit on one of the large slabs of rock, not in any sheltered spot. We finished our picnic here, and I switched on the 2m handheld.
“I thought you said you weren’t bringing your radio stuff” remarked Marianne. I clarified that I wasn’t bringng my NORMAL stuff - Tracer battery, FT-817, mast, tablet, HF antenna etc - and would just be using the handie! I don’t think I was in too much trouble; she pottered around taking photos while I called.
It was pretty quiet on VHF, and I made just two QSOs before Marianne indicated that she wanted to walk back. No problem, I complied immediately without argument, and set off back. Some light rain did come in around 2.45pm, a little earlier than anticipated. Light - but enough to convince us to retrieve our waterproof coats from my rucksack. It soon eased off though, and the main deluge did not occur until we had driven back down to Macclesfield.
The radio was well down the priorities for this expedition, but yet it was still a highly enjoyable day out. And another SOTA activation to enter into the log, howsoever unimpressive and mediocre that might be!