Klaus, I didn’t have a chance to work you, but thank you for braving the elements and undertaking a winter activation!
I treat SOTA activations I chase the same as DXpeditions: I may not agree always with the choice of bands, modes or operating time, but I always respect that the op is entitled to run things in whatever way he/she deems best. It is THEIR operation, not mine, and I don’t know everything they are dealing with at their end.
I haven’t been at 6000’ during the winter trying to operate (yet ;-)), but like many, I’ve braved below freezing hikes to remote spots to activate summits during the winter. I’m sure I’ve left some folks frustrated that I didn’t stay longer, or return to a band, and for that I’m sorry. But when your fingers are near numb and you are shivering, it is time to go back no matter how many Qs are in the log!
Thank you to all the activators in the northern hemisphere who have been braving all sorts of adverse wx over the last few months!
73 Paula k9ir