Moel y Gamelin and Cyrn-y-Brain summits are an excellent reason for driving into the beautiful countryside of North Wales. I left at 0530 from Scarborough and picked up Dave and Pete in Pickering at around 0600. The drive over was pretty good for the most part with the usual traffic hold up on the M62/M60 near Manchester. The satnav took us directly to the Ponderosa, the ideal starting point for these two summits. The lure of a bacon butty and hot drink was just too much to resist and we all enjoyed this before the walk. Conditions under foot were pretty good with just a few snow patches on the path and visibility was excellent. We set up just below the summit and the wind speed increased somewhat with the unforecasted snow shower. Dave decided to test out his brolly … it failed! We all soldiered on and managed ten contacts on 145-fm with Pete’s homebrew antenna and Dave’s VX-7R handheld running at 5 watts. Back down to the car and we cut across from Ponderosa car park and joined the service road to Cyrn-y-Brain. This walk went well and we set up in the summit shelter. We had some difficulties with the microwave signals but we did manage five contacts on 145-fm. Some of difficulties are described elswhere on the reflector. We were back at the car park opposite the Ponderosa at 1545 just in time to see the Ponderosa close up for the day!
Dave GW3TQQ/P testing his brolly!
Moel y Gamelin summit cairn
Dave GW3TQQ/P (on left) and Pete MW0HQO/P on Moel y Gamelin
Cyrn-y-Brain summit with Ponderosa in foreground from Moel y Gamelin track
Cyrn-y-Brain’s infamous summit mast
After a long drive home time to reflect on another great day out.
73 and thanks to all the chasers
Nick GW4OOE/P with Pete MW0HQO/P and Dave GW3TQQ/P