For some reason, Dale Head and Robinson have eluded me for ages. They are often done as a pair although the SOTA database shows that Dale Head has had more activations than Robinson so some must just do the one hill.
It was off from the Youth Hostel with a fairly clear sky and a heavy frost. Honister car park at 08:55 and the usual £5. Booted up and off by 09:10. We were soon at the summit of Dale Head where I applied some psychology. As we stood admiring the view I pointed out Robinson and said that was also a SOTA summit. ML took the bait “looks nice daddy” she said, followed by the magic words “I would like to do that one”. So without leaving time for changing of minds, we set off for Robinson. An easy walk soon found us on the summit.
Activating was rather a problem as there was a contest in full flow and it was hard to gain a toe hold on the band. I sort of elbowed a small space and called CQ. It took a while before a chaser found me but eventually the contacts came in. I had a few interested visitors “are you fishing?” Zzzz. Just 13 contacts.
Next we reversed our route. ML deciding she wanted to explore a slightly different path to me, we shook hands theatrically at a crossing where she went her way and I went mine. She beat me to the top again despite me having loaded her rucksack with all the food, the flask and two litres of water. One of the “fishing” parties was on Dale Head as we passed and were impressed by contacts with far flung parts of Europe.
On Dale Head we used an old iron fence post to support the pole. The contest was still on and so we had to settle for 18 contacts.
We were down at the car by 15:10 having watched a party of children arrive by helicopter to do the mine tour. Now that’s stylish.
A trouble-free drive home saw us back in time to pick Lewis up from the football (3-1 win for Macc). Another nice easy day. 5.9 miles 823m ascent. No children seen on the hills all day again, where were they all?