Many thanks to all the SOTA activators and chasers who crowded the bands on Saturday for AT on-the-air (and also W7A s2s Madness). I am sure that some records were broken with the number of summit contacts and the number of s2s contacts by individual stations.
My summit (W2/GC-054, West Mountain) is on the original section of the Appalachian Trail. On October 7, 1923, this first section of the trail, from Bear Mountain west through Harriman State Park to Arden, New York, was opened to hikers. Benton MacKaye, who conceived the idea for the trail in 1921, immediately saw the potential and called for a two-day Appalachian Trail conference to be held in March 1925 in Washington, D.C The rest is history.
Being only 42 miles north from Manhattan (New York City), this section of trail gets plenty of use. Today I was passed by more than 45 section hikers, day hikers and hiking clubs, many of whom stopped to talk while I was trying to decode Morse. Ham radio, SOTA and Appalachian Trail all got equal billing.
Stay well & 73! Mike, WB2FUV