This time we had my former boss along, Lt Col Dave "soon to be retired" Farmer, Lynn, KC0YQF, an another co-worker, Capt Mark Muller, USAF.
We met for breakfast and got an early start. There is just no easy way to summit Cheyenne Mountain so we took the direct approach. Steve, wG0AT, expertly navigated his way, with us in tow, to the summit. It took us just over two hours to summit. That is 2 hours, 1.5 miles and about 1800 foot elevation gain. Steep was the word of the day.
|Our track is light gray|
|another view from google earth|
Regardless of the steep terrain we made it and was able to 1. activate Cheyenne Mountain for Summits On The Air and 2. fly Dave's retirement flag over the summit and the place where Dave began his operational Air Force Career, CMOC or Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center.
|Dave's retirement flag|
|Mark goofing off|
|wG0AT and KC0YQF taking a break|
|Lynn, getting naked!|
|Panoramic view from the true summit of Cheyenne Mountain|
Lynn's chasers on 20 meter SSB were as follows:
My Chasers on 30 Meter CW:
I am still learning how to use Garmin Basecamp and Google Earth. I would not exactly call Google Earth "user friendly" but it is much easier than Garmin Basecamp which I call "user brutal."
The bad news is I got very sick after this hike. I am pretty sure I was dehydrated but I was drinking a lot of water. Obviously, not enough! Next time I will try a sports drink of some type. I was sweating very badly and think I just could not replenish the fluids in time. Last night when I was trying to feel better I started thinking that this may be my last SOTA hike and if I keep getting sick like this I will not be doing SOTA activations any more. Hopefully a sports drink and keeping better track of my water intake will help.