In reply to G4ISJ:
Well, it was my first activation of Gyrn Moelfre today, GW/NW-049.
I arrived at SOTA from the amateur radio side rather than serious hill walking, and have become complacent by walking around the same familiar hills of Shropshire for many years.
Anyway, I found an alternative route up Gyrn Moelfre. When I say alternative, I mean longer, steeper, boggier, and densely populated with Gorse bushes, with hints of barbed wire and rabbit holes. Moral = RTFM, where M = map.
The activation was good even though I arrived late, 25 stations on 4m ssb (contest), and 11 on 2m FM.
Then down the hill, generally following the track that I should have ascended, just cutting some of the long curves.
When in site of the farm where I had parked, I realised that I had left my stick at the top. No ordinary stick, this, I cut it from a coppiced Mountain Ash on a hill years ago, and it has served me well. So, hide rucksack in Gorse bush (they do have some non sheep related uses) and back up the hill to fetch stick.
It was well worth it in the end, because the low cloud that I had sat amongst for the activation had cleared on my return, and the surrounding hills bathed in sunshine were magnificent.
I’m hoping to get past doing silly things before I take on a few higher summits :o)