This mother my elder daughter and I set out to do a what I thought would be an easy 4mile circular route with an easy summit.
We parked the car in Alcudia and failed to find the track out of town to the base of the mountain. Instead we wondered through package holiday hell and eventually found the track we needed only to be set upon by killer mosquitoes ( had the experience in Africa of been chased by killer African bees before) and they were hungry!!
Only after leaving the low ground by the lagoon did they leave us alone as we walked through beautiful pine forest.
As we got to the base of a vertical cliff, the path ran out. At this point a group of girls were rigging there racks ready yo climd the wall. I asked if they knew the way to the top but they didn’t. So we carried on skirting the base of the cliff and gaining height as we did. Its not a high hill but rocky and the top needed a bit of scrambling to gain the ridge an summit.
There was not a sole on the summit and I put up the base loaded antenna and tuned for 20m PSK31 on 14.070. There were signals already visible in the waterfall so I called cq sota.
Three German station in the log and we were ready to find our way down.
The way down was supposed to be a straightforward path leading to a track taking us back into town. Was it ever!! More scrambling and bushwhacking down to intersect a none existent track that turned out to be a dry river bed and then thick woody scrub. We did eventually find a path and evidence of others who had tried this route before. This led us back to the main road and another scramble down to the road. The temperature was now 30degrees an we were in need of a beer! By fortune I had parked right next to a bar! So our return to the villa and poor were little delayed.