Stuck my bike in the car and off I went at 0700. Probably passed Simon GM4JXP on the road, my car thermometer also saying -10 south of Braemar. Parked at Keiloch, just one other vehicle in the car park. Bike out and off I go, pretty chilly at -8.
I took a track through the forest, mistake as slippery and hard to get traction. Should of gone further on and stuck to gravel estate track.
Snow patches solid and easy to cycle over
Not much snow on hills as I head up towards the summit of old GM/ES-020
GM/ES-015 Culardoch, not far away
To South West, great weather
Approach to summit of GM/ES-088 Creag an Dail
Got closer, a red jacket in the distance. Got to the summit and then it clicked “Colwyn?” in reply “Yes, Gavin?”!! Of course it was MM0YCJ who had travelled up previous evening, had a very early start and had completed his activation! We had a nice chat for about 30 mins, highlight of the day. We meet people on the radio, in many ways get to know them but rarely meet face to face. I got set up, Colwyn headed for home and I started on CW.
Summit with Ben Avon GM/ES-006 behind.
Great weather so I headed over the old GM/ES-020 to GM/ES-015 Culardoch behind it
Old GM/ES-020 on left and new GM/ES-088 Creag an Dail on right
A quick 20m only activation from (SOTA Summits) Culardoch. Very unlikely to see anybody else on the summit, so a nice trig point table! 11m long L antenna is near half wave on 20m so works without radials.
Strange, experimental Cannabis Farm ?
Back at the car at 1445, wonderful day out and great to meet Colwyn MM0YCJ