In reply to G6WRW:
Due to many conflicting time pressures this summer it looks like we wont be having a family holiday which means I’ve been looking at doing some SI summits.
Ignoring all the sea stacks because I’m not a climber, the “big one” of SI summits is SI-098 Conachair on St. Kilda. simply due to its remoteness. There are bigger summits of course, but there is something about St. Kilda.
Kilda Cruises looks to give the longest time window on the island. £160 to get there from Leverburgh, Harris and about 6hrs on the island. Next obstable to activating Conachair SI-098 is NTS permission. Mention antennas etc. and you can see the answer being no. Of course the warden will assume you want to setup something like the missile tracking station antennas and not a fishing rod and some bits of wire! And then there’s the MOD. I can quite imagine a visit from the boy’s in green from the tracking station…
The summit is about 1hr10 walk from the pier. Allowing 3hrs total for SOTA gives you about 50mins operating. I’d certainly want to have a look at few other things before getting back on the boat. So far, apart from the cost of the boat out it’s not that unreasonable. The only problem is getting to Leverborough. The St. Kilda trip leaves 8am so that means getting to Harris the day before and staying in a B&B. There’s some nice looking places advertising and around £25/night sees you comfortable. The ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway is just under 4hrs and Ullapool is a 6hr drive from here. 2.5hrs for the bus from Stornoway to Leverborough. You’d need to stay another night before getting the ferry back. So thats £85 petrol to Ullapool, £50 B&B, £160 for St. Kilda, £30 for the ferry, £20 bus fares, £20 food comes to £365 and the best part of 3days, most moving just to get one point.
Yikes! That’s a lot of moulah for a single point. OK it’s a pretty spectacular point (the cliffs on the North end of Conachair drop straight down 1400ft into the sea) but there’s a lot to organise for everything to flow smoothly. And the one thing you cannot organise is the weather in this part of the Atlantic.
Food for thought.