OE/ST-009, Gr. Knallstein, 2.599m above sealevel, was one of the “unexplored” higher summits in northwestern part of Styria until I decided to climb up there yesterday.
Almost 1500 hm, minimum 5 hours ascent and 3,5 hours decent may have been the reason, that nobody activated this summit before.
WX-outlook was encouraging although high temperatures were forecasted but no danger of thunderstorms.
Starting very early at 3:00 utc to avoid hot sunshine passing a few small lakes I reached the summit after 5,5 hours out of breath and power. But a grand view and 23 qsos on 40m were worth taking all my physical efforts to do this first-activation. Unfortunately I had to decide to go qrt without qsying to 20m, avoiding a situation out of power a second time this day.
My conclusio: in comparison with other SOTA-associations, in Austria it needs much more energy to get up to a “10 pointer-summit”