An opportunity arose and I was quick to seize it. Shining Tor beckoned but this time my route would be from Lamaload Reservoir - completing one of my failed attempts in the recent snow.
The visibility was poor on the drive up into the hills and even now the snow drifts at the side of the road were around 4ft high in places. The car park at Lamaload was empty (most unusual).
It seemed strange to walk back along the road where last time I had used snow shoes. The route up was straightforward - and quite wet. The mist gave a lovely melancholy feeling of loneliness and isolation. On the ascent I only saw one other person (and his dog).
At the summit I was soon set up on 2m SSB, this time with the amplifier correctly connectorised (unlike yesterday). Contacts were easy to come by. An unexpected S2S with Geoff 2W0BTR/p on Great Rhos was a bonus.
A QSY to 70cm immediately resulted in a contact with Frank G3RMD despite me forgetting one element of the beam. Several other contacts followed. The final QSO being a welcome chat with Phil G4OBK. I had tried to encourage Geoff to try 70cm from his summit but although he had a beam he didn’t bite (this time). By this stage I was getting cold so I packed up.
I saw no-one at all on the descent. Visibility was now even worse giving rise to two comedy moments. The first being along the road where three cyclists nearly ran me over and the second was in the car park where the visibility was so poor that I actually got lost and had to get out of the car to locate the exit. Anyone visiting the (very small) car park in good visibility will find this hard to believe - but it’s true! I was still alone in the car park when I left.
Leves a nap, Bouillabaisse (Spinnaker Seafood): very nice.