A grand day out. Not a big walk, about 8.5km and 260m of ascent but it’s a unique and part of trying to regain some mountain fitness.
Very simple this, plenty of parking on the A81 at the start of the track to the transmitter station on Ben Gullipen. Follow your nose to the towers, down the (steep) other side. Across the damper bits, up the slope the other side and onto the top of Beinn Dearg. Simples. My legs hurt now!
I managed QSOs on 60m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m and 13cms. Many boxes ticked. It was really good to have a nice long natter to Jack as I haven’t heard his voice for about 5months. A surprisingly easy non-LOS FM contact on 13cms, it was easier to listen to on FM than SSB. Funny, 5W into the rubber duck on 2m ouldn’t break the squelch at Jack’s but 13cms (with less power more antenna gain) we were 53 on FM each way.
White common spotted Orchid (can’t be common, never seen them before !)
Pink common spotted Orchid.
Very common Thistle, plenty of these everywhere you look.
Final ascent from the damp area, location of the orchids.
Summit panorama from West to North. (Many SOTA summits)
Summit panorama from North to East
This summit has only been activated 4 times and last in 2015. Don’t know why, it’s a cracking wee thing.