For one reason or another I’ve not really made the best use of the light evenings here in the Lake District this year, but I have at least made it up Seat Sandal G/LD-022 in the evening again for the third year in a row.
My fitness isn’t brilliant at the moment therefore the 45 degree incline on the direct ascent for Dunmail Raise was tackled in short bursts. Of course it took a lot longer than I remembered!
I’d brought the FT-817, SotaBeams Band Hopper IV, Spectrum Communications Slim-J and 10m compact pole. I lost a water bottle and gained a hat.
Initially I was getting high SWR on the Slim-J, need to look into that. The Band Hopper IV is also in need of a restring, but we muddled through. I had thought about doing CW but to be honest it was cold! The wind was biting and even with a fleece, jacket and hat I was still starting to feel it.
Trying not to do my usual shouting I started on 2m and great to get Ray G0TUE in the log over on Walney Island. Chris was quick off the mark on 20m but the only chaser on that band. 40m was S8 noise so not the best but a good chat with @M0RWX Robert who has definitely got the SOTA bug, and will be up on the Lakes again this weekend. Not worked 80m for ages so was really happy to hear the familiar voices of Geoff, Esther, Ian, Phil and Roger.
Photos came out really nicely and there is something very magical about sunsets from summits, and the view from Seat Sandal definitely takes in some majestic fells. The descent required the headtorch pretty much from the off to ensure good footing and I took it really easy descending back whence I came. Got back to Windermere about quarter to eleven!
Thanks to the chasers! Hoping to be out at the weekend.
All photos here.