well, the disappointment certainly won’t keep me from further activations :-). Quite a few summits here are cross-border so you inevitably will be faced with this matter. According to the rules I will only use one reference for future activations, I also removed the dupes from my scoring table (which were younger than 19th Oct 2005).
AL-001 is the southernmost >2000m summit here in Germany. I left home at 8 am but had to drive all through the Lech Valley and reached Lechleiten in Austria abt. 2 hours later. I decided to ascend the summit from the Austrian, southern side. From my experience of former expeditions (two years ago I failed ascending the Parseierspitze owing to seasonal inconvenience) I knew there would be less problems, compared to an ascent from the North that late in the year. It was sunny and remarkably hot during the ascent and so I was grateful for the chilly wind that blew when I reached the ridge at around 2200m after good 2 hours. Finally I reached the point where the alternative ascent route from the North met mine. There was a long and steep snow field which I would have had to cross if I had been coming along from there. Almost impossible to cross safely at these conditions a slip would have ended down the abyss and so I was glad to having made the right decision. The final 400 metres through the rock had to be made in climbing, but only up to grade I - II. Remains of snow and wet spots inside the trenches made it a bit uncomfortable here and there but far from being dangerous. Finally I reached the summit good 3 hours after departure in Lechleiten and was delighted of the mild temperatures at this altitude. I relaxed a bit, ate, drank, enjoyed the great panorama and set up my rig (IC706 MKIIG, 20m wire inverted L at a fishing pole and a homebrewn matchbox) then. It took only two calls for the first station to come back to me and was involved in a huge pileup shortly after. I was running abt 5 watts on 40 metres and got fb reports from all over Europe. Owing to the nature of the 706 to draw quite a huge amount of current even in rx mode I always have to carry a lead acid battery with me. To reduce the weight of the equipment I will use my kit-made blue cool radio, a true qrp rig, instead of the 706 next time. As I can power it from small NiMH cells this will save approx. 4kg of weight.
The weather turned bad again this morning so I unfortunately can’t make any plannings for the near future, but certainly look forward to working you all again from the next summit.