Ben Lawers GM/CS-001, Meall Garbh GM/CS-004, Meall Greigh GM/CS-026
I planned the trip to Ben Lawers with the intention to tackle all three peaks in the ridge. Starting from the east, leaving the car at the Lawers Hotel, I was on the hill at 7.30(local), heading up to Lochan nan Cat and then up the head wall behind it turning West to get to Ben Lawers.
The activation went well with good results from all of the HF bands although there was plenty QSB. I heard @MM0YCJ/P on I/VA-066 but was not able to complete as I disappeared into noise and then he did too. Hope I didn’t disrupt your activation, you were readable when I called but then lost the path. After 1-hour hf I changed to 2fm and was pleased to receive 6 contacts. This gave me some hope for the other activations. After tidying up I set off for the next hill Meall Garbh, pretty tired by the time I’d contoured round An Stuc. I got to the summit and tried 2 fm for contacts finding 4 helpful folk waiting for me. Splendid as I didn’t have the energy to set up for HF!
As my car was parked at the east side of the chain, I had to continue in the direction of the third hill anyway and buoyed by the 2m fm success so far, I continued. Having reached it, I enjoyed the sit down and another 2m fm activation. There were a few other people turned up at this summit but they obviously were doing the route utilizing 2 cars, one at either end, so reducing the mileage walked. After 6 contacts I packed up for the day and headed back down to the car - very slowly…
Total distance just short of 20km and almost 12 hours on the hill.
Apologies to anyone who was looking for an hf contact on the later summits, energy conservation was taking precedence by then.
Thanks for all the contacts particularly for the summit to summits.
Moody shot of Ben Lawers on the left, then An Stuc and Meall Garbh taken from Meall Greigh.
28 points in the bag and an enjoyable fish and chips from Killin. Legs are somewhat tired today, never knew our stairs were so steep . Mrs VPM says I should apply the "grey hair factor " to my plots and plans…
Equipment used: FT 817 and linked dipole for hf, 2m fm by Wouxun KG UVDP1 and RH770 clone.