A special thanks to George, KX0R, for the outstanding directions on the TH and route and of course to Steve for actually navigating us to the summit with ease.
I did not have to twist the Old Goats arm that much to get him to join me on a middle of the week SOTA activation so I knew we were in for a good time!
|Thunder Butte W0/FR-048|
|Steve checks on my progress|
|Still some more "up" to go|
|K0JQZ on the way up (Photo by wG0AT)|
|Where did the sun go?|
|Steve sets up the video feed|
|The rig! (Steve Weber Designed ATS4b)|
|Neat clouds with Pikes Peak in the distance|
I was getting good signal reports so my doubts about the antenna quickly disappeared. I took a link out so the antenna was setup for 20 meters and Steve had a great pileup going. Near the end of the activation we kept hearing a very weak station calling and it turned out to be John, W9FHA. John was at ESP levels at times and Steve did a great job picking him out. John was complaining about the hot weather down in Florida hi hi.
Without the sun providing us with warmth and the wind the cold getting the better of us it was time to head down. I usually pack so everything is ready to go for the next activation but I got sloppy and just threw stuff in my pack as I was in a hurry to start moving so I would warm up. We warmed up in short order and had a nice long hike back to the goat wagon. I was lucky that in my haste I did not leave anything on the summit.
It felt like the trail back got a lot longer but I think walking through the deep snow just got to us.
We were both impressed with this summit and plan to do it again. I think I will take Lynn out here next summer as she will enjoy a little rock scrambling near the summit.
Here is Steve's Video of our activation: