I’m planning a trip to the Adirondacks (W2) next week. These are much longer &/or steeper hikes than my previous activations (e.g. Mt. Marcy is a 14 mile round trip hike & 3500ft elev gain - that’s going to be a long day) and my ability to predict activation time is questionable. And I’m not sure if I’ll have cell service for updates. I’m hoping for chaser patience & understanding.
Early last year, I switched from carrying FT857 & 100W to a KX2 and 10W. So, I’ll be harder to hear than the previous year, but I can still get heard. I’m SSB only.
At least some of these summits are alpine protected areas, it’s required not to leave the trail or attach anything to any rock, tree, or the ground. I’ve come up with a way to use pool noodles (cylindrical shaped foam) to help brace my antenna support within my pack.
These are the summits on my plan from 26May-02Jun2019, subject to the whims of the weather gods as usual.
W2/GC-010 Bearpen Mountain
W2/GC-002 Hunter Mountain
W2/GC-011 Huntersfield Mountain
W2/GA-005 Giant Mountain
W2/GA-002 Algonquin Peak
W2/GA-001 Marcy; Mount
W2/GA-010 Cascade Mountain
I haven’t been activating as much this year, because I’m trying to build up my fitness. In October 2019, I’m going to Nepal for a 14 day hike to Everest Base Camp (highest elev 18,000ft). Unfortunately, living in Delaware (W3), SOTA involves more driving than hiking, so I can’t activate too many summits and expect to get in better shape. I’m trying to do what I can to improve my probability of success on that hike. (Sorry, not taking a radio - gear weight will be minimized.)
Jill // N3ICE