I had big ideas of doing 4 or 5 summits yesterday, in reality I only did 2. A 3rd was possible had the wx not gone downhill.
G/NP-023 Aye Gill Pike (2)
I parked near a cattle grid in Dent Dale in thick pea soup (not lobster) fog. I wasn
t looking forward to a damp foggy activation so left the 2m beam & camera in the car. With the most direct route programmed into the compass I went straight up the hill, negotiating a couple of walls under the cover of the fog. Within 50m of the summit I emerged out of the fog in to brilliant sunshine & a good view of the surrounding higher fells. The valleys were full of inversion layer type fog with just peaks over 500m poking through. The HF dipole was erected & I was operating by 0752 GMT. Only 80m/40m were used, I didnt bother with 60m as most regulars were in the log & she slab had died.
46 contacts, 10 on 80m ssb & 36 on 40m ssb.
s2s with G4BVE Seat Sandal, DF2GN Hundsruecken, DL3SBA Auf dem Huppen.
G/NP-031 Birks Fell (4) - The new one!
After a drive that seemed longer than it actually was, I parked up in Litton near the Queens Arms, checked the opening times (12 - 3 pm for lunch). I started walking up the well signed bridleway. After about 300m I should have carried straight on as I wanted to activate near the trig point, however I turned left & went straight up. This involved an extra 2km walking over rough terrain & passing the true summit. The trig is 3m lower than the summit but more photogenic. I set up between the trig & the wall and operated HF followed by 2m. The sunny morning had turned into a cloudy but mild (13C) afternoon with hardly any wind. Relatively few walkers were seen, but those that did pass all seemed interested in my activity. During the 2m session, all of a sudden the wind whipped up to gale force and the temperature plummeted. With a failing battery I packed up & descended via the flagged path down the way I should have come up. With the change in wx I decided to go home, joining the traffic queues round Skipton.
61 contacts from this one on 6 bands:- 80m - 16, 60m - 4, 40m - 22, 20m - 3, 2m - 15, 70cms - 1.
ps - found a rubber duck near the trig. Couple of pics on flikr.
Thanks to all chasers & spotters - Steve G1INK.