Well, that’s another one in the bag. Thanks to all those chasers who took the trouble to give us a call. Unfortunately the climb took a bit longer than expected due to some very icy slopes trying to mimic mini glaciers! From around 500M up there was significant fresh snow which made the going a bit heavy and occasionally treacherous as it concealed the ice. On reaching the trig point we quickly erected the tents followed by the aerials, my 40 Metre dipole and JST’s 5 ele yagi, no easy task in a strong SW gale. The temperature was -3.5 and, coupled with the windchill, kept the desire to remove gloves to a minimum. An hour of these conditions was all we could endure! Packing up was a good decision because we had only just started our descent when we were attacked by a buddimg blizzard. Trying to get the gear sorted now would have been nigh on impossible, but at least the snow and wind was on our back making it slightly more bearable. If we thought the climb over the ice was difficult on the way up, going down was “interesting” in places making our walking poles worth their weight in gold. On reaching the Land Rover we had a hearty, if somewhat hasty, meal before setting off for GI/SM-004.
Conditions had improved enroute and we were optimistic but this was soon changed to pessimism early on in the trek when the arctic weather returned. Trust me, tired legs, the prospect of coming back in the dark and horizontal snow soon thwarts the desire to activate another summit. Reluctantly we decided to call it a day, returned to the car park and headed for home. As GSM signal is virtually non existent in The Sperrin Valleys, it was some time before we could spot our decision, so apologies to all those watching for information on this activation.
That’s it until the next time, 73 Gi4ONL & MI0JST (Victor squared)