I’ve had a busy week since getting back from Kitzbuhel, but thank you for your message. It was down to you why I went to climb Schwarzkogel, which was the only summit out of the 4 activated in the Kitzbuhel area which I visit on my own So if it would not had been SOTA Complete after our QSO on 17 June 2019, (when you were there) I would not have activated TI-453 - SOTA Complete floats my boat as I strive to the 1000 Completes hihi - how many years will it take me? Maybe another one or two as I am currently on 855 Completes.
Schwarzkogel had not caught my attention but a member of our walking group had planned to lead a walk from the Hahnennkann lift top to Penglstein, and further investigation using the superb SMP revealed TI-453 to be within an hours walk from Penglstein, so I decided to go there. I was pressed for time, and racing back to the Hahnennkann cable car lift which closed at 1500z. I reached there with 9 minutes in hand. My last QSO was with Eric F5JKK at 1240z, so I reckon it was a good two hour walk back to the lift. I ran the last half mile to be sure. If I had missed the cable car it would have been a 5 mile walk back down to my hotel with 900m of descent, meaning a late dinner and a disgruntled XYL! I met two seperate French hikers on the summit, and talked Brexit with them both, coincidentially they were both had the same name. The first Guy I met said he was “climbing his first Kogel of the year”, as he works hard in his business near Toulouse and gets little time off for hiking. Albeit, he did own an apartment in Kitz and was looking forward to retirement in less than 2 years time.
Here is that French Guy with me at the summit cross:
One meets some lovely people when activating I find and many want to have a chat. I have only met one “bad apple” in Wales twoyears ago, who took offence to me talking into a microphone on the summit and I had to move as he looked very threatening and crazy…
Me on Schwarzkogel:
Path down to col and Penglstein:
During the week I activated 4 OE/TI summits. On the other 3 I was accompanied by friends from my walking group;
TI-651 Stuckkogel (Accompanied by XYL + 5):
TI-461 Kitzbuhler Horn (Accompanied by XYL + 5). My seat on the top - the others stayed in the restaurant drinking cold beers:
TI-453 Schwarzkogel (Unaccompanied - pics above))
TI-557 Rauher Kopf (Accompanied by friend Chris only)
Friend Chris pictured and our Weiss beers at end in Reith. Friday - the only hot day we had:
Some of us will be returning to the Neustift area in Tirol in summer 2020. I haven’t yet looked at the SOTA potential there as other overseas tours are planned before that one - although if the £1 falls below €1 I may have to reduce the tours I have in mind and remain in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales for the SOTA. Another hiker I met who was Austrian on the day I activated Raher Kopf was laughing about the whole thing at my expense! He worked in the automotive industry and thought that the £ would eventually drop to 50 cents €. I hope he is wrong! Exchange rate on this tour using a bank card was £1 = €1.07, whereas in June 2016 in Germany the day before the Brexit Referendum I was getting £1 = €1.30, so the British wallet is suffering significantly now on these SOTA Tours… once I get the 1000 Completes I will likely give up on the touring and concentrate on Chasing and working DX from home and spend my pension on something else.
Another two good things came out of this holiday - I got my XYL Judy drinking the local lager which she enjoyed, and she finally made the decision to get back on a bicycle again, 13 years after recovering from a similar condition to which Guru EA2IF is currently being medically treated for.