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Joe Toth decided to join me on today’s 138th
SOTA hike and we were wheels up by 7AM. The original plan was to activate
Cuyamaca Peak and Stonewall but after arriving, we found out that the top of
Cuyamaca is closed to the public while SDG&E digs it up to lay in more
power.We could have easily gone over to
Stonewall across the street but there were a LOT of people that were doing that
one because of the closure.The trail
would have looked like the 405 freeway.Instead, we headed over to Guatay Mountain for a little peace and
quiet. (Route is HERE) <click on image for larger>
Today, I’m shooting for a double summit.I conducted my annual hike to Corte Madeira
and Los Pinos Mountain.This was one of
the longer ones with a total of 11.3 miles and an elevation gain of about 2,362
feet.To do this one, I park about a
mile and a half from a valley between the two mountains, go up one, and then
come down and up the other.
I was wheels up at about 0730 this morning
with a banana nut muffin and a double shot late.It was a beautiful clear day with no
wind.The temperature at the trailhead
was about 40F, perfect for a hike.The
first 1.5 miles has an elevation gain of about 500 feet.By that time it had warmed up enough for me
to remove my fleece and launch the final two miles to the Corte Madera
I met up with Jacob, W6RWS, and headed out to
Eagle Peak this morning. I’ve done this one a few times and given the beautiful
day I was looking forward to it.It was
in the low 70s and we had a lot of fun.Neither one of us were in a hurry so it was nice to kick back on the
summit and play radio.
Jacob was on the peak and I was offset a bit
to keep the interference down.Jacob
started on VHF and I think he was activated before he switched over to HF.I picked up a familiar call sign, K6MXA, John
was not far from us activating W6/SC-260, a no-name peak just south of El
Capitan Reservoir.We were probably 20km
apart.That was fun to finally get a
summit-to-summit with John.
I’m kicking off the new year with the first
summit with the radio.I made a quick
trip up to Iron Mtn., not far from my house.It was a beautiful day with temps over 70f.
I’ve been to this peak several times and I
guess the only memorable thing this trip was my effort to keep my telescoping
I made several phone and CW contacts and had a
nice conversation with a gentleman from Lakeside.If you were wondering why I butchered your
call-sign, it was a bit hard to hear your signal over his voice :)
I went up to Poser Mtn. today.Unlike last time, I expect to get my one whole
point (actually it's 2).You see, I packed up and left the summit with only three contacts the last time.Although I “activated” the summit, I didn’t get the points because I
only had 3 contacts.For some reason I
thought I only needed 3 (instead of 4) and I was in a time crunch.The last time I was up there, the wind was
really blowing and I’m hoping to avoid that today. One other interesting factoid is that I was on this peak exactly two years to the day! Creepy!
(click on pictures for larger)
I took my time getting out of the house and
left about 9AM.It’s about a 45 minute
drive and I planned a two hour hike.From the road to the summit is only about 1 mile (see my route here)...
but it’s a bushwhack.It takes time
because I want to avoid stepping on living growth wherever possible so it’s
slow going.Also, at times, it can get
thick.So a lot of stop and go, plan,
and go around.On the plus side, the
temprature was about 55 F, so it made for pleasant hiking weather.