There is a 2 pointer Summit at about 20Km from my QTH which I had never climbed and I had it in my mind as to be climbed one day with the family because it seemed to be an easy one.
The weather forecast said we would have a rainy weekend and so it was this morning, but the afternoon didn’t look as it was going to pour some rain in the short term.
Given that my wife left with our 10 year old daughter, Lucía, to do some shopping and I was with my 12 year old daughter and my 5 year old son, I proposed them to join me for a walk in a small mountain where they would be allowed to make as many pictures as they wanted. I told them “until the end of the camera battery”. They accepted and I quickly raised an Alert on Sotawatch before leaving home.
It was a bit too late and I thought we may had to descend with little sunlight, so I planned to take my forehead tourch. Yes, so I planned but I finally forgot it…
Well, we got to the small village of Untzue passed it through and parked after having approached the base of the mountain by driving on a dirt road first and a track later as you can see in the following picture.
This picture was taken when we had just started to walk. You can see our target behind us.
This is another moment during the ascent:
This mountain is called Peña del abrigo. Abrigo can be translated into English as COAT, but ABRIGO is also SHELTER and I guess this house you can see in the following picture, which is on top of a secondary summit, is or was used as a shelter by the shephers for themselves or the animals during cold winter nights or heavy rain.
In this picture I’m helping my little son Juan to hike this steep part.
Here we were almost near the Summit and the views were great:.
We’ve been pleased with a beautiful sunset:
More great views:
Once in the Summit I started CQing on 2m FM and Santi EA2BSB quickly replayed. This QSO gave us both a Complete for this Summit. Juan seemed to be happy about this:
After the first QSO I called and called but nobody else answered, even after telling on one of the local repeaters that I was activating for SOTA and I was in need of 3 more contacts to qualify. Look at Juan’s face looking like highly surprised with the lack of chasers.
Finally I decided to give up because it was getting late and we may had to descend in the dark, so I announced the end of the activation and took this picture of my daughter Eva and our dog Lucho.
One more view before we started to descend with little light.
It was almost completely dark when we got to the car but everything went well, the kids had a good time in the mountain and so I did, despite not having been able to collect the mínimum 4 QSOs to qualify this Summit, which is not too bad because now I have the perfect excuse to get back there and next time I’ll do it with my HF gear ;-).
Best 73 de Guru