Monday, August 29, 2016

Horseshoe Mountain

While this was not our latest activation it is the last one we took pictures on. Here are a few pictures of a perfect day at over 13,000 feet.

Great Views

The locals

This fellow got close to us

Lynn on the trail

Views from our Shack for the day


We ran into these guys on the way up and down

K0JQZ and KC0YQF on the summit

Running the CW pileup

Mister Mann waiting for Lynn to get home

While the 14ers are very popular there is a lot to be for the 13ers as you get stunning views without the crowds.

That is all for now.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A 14er and the new ARRL Radio Amateur Handbook

Lynn reminded me yesterday that I had not posted in a while so I will make an attempt to get everyone caught up.

As tradition, every year on Lynn's birthday, we rent a cabin at the Cripple Creek KOA (one of the best KOAs we have ever stayed at) and hike Trachyte Knob the next morning. This year was no different save the fact that I took a good tumble transversing the boulder field near the top of the mountain. I am OK but it was a wakeup call.

Here are the pictures:

K0JQZ with he KX2 (photo by KC0YQF)


Not sure if there was suppose to be a bucket there

This trail is well marked until the last part


Love this radio

Hike Profile

The GPS got confused in the forest but you get the idea of our route

After that we headed to Gunella Pass and camped in order to hike Mount Bierstadt (14,060 feet) in the morning. The highlight of this trip was seeing three moose in the lake near the TH.

Photo by Clint L

photo by Clint L

Clint L camped with us the night before

views (photo by Clint L)

photo by Clint L

The valley of our approach (photo by Clint L)

Almost there (photo by Clint L)

The sawtooth (photo by Clint L)

CQ form over 14,000 feet (photo by Clint L)

Photo by Clint L
After this summit I got sick then Lynn got sick so we slowed down a bit trying to get better. I think I was sick for a total of three weeks. I hate wasting sick days actually being sick.

We did South Peak yesterday but I did not take any photos and it was a quick one due to storms moving in. It started to rain not long after we got off the mountain so we got lucky.

Also, in case you have not seen the advertisement for the 2017 ARRL Handbook.  Lynn really got a kick out of it.

The cover picture was taken by Steve wG0AT. The summit we are on is Blue Mountain near Lake George Colorado.

Here is the photo
photo by wG0AT

Lynn and I have at least one more 14er planned and one more overnighter. Also I am going to have another giveaway soon and I am just trying to think of a good way to do it.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

and the winner is.......

This was going to be a video of Lynn, KC0YQF, pulling the winning ticket out of a hat but since today is our anniversary, poor planning on my part, we did a drive by drawing.

There were 15 entries and I was surprised as I did not advertise on social media at all. I wanted to see how many people read my blog, more of a sample in time. I was also surprised that not many SOTA types (although there are some) as SOTA is the main focus of my blog. I have been toying with doing some other things with it and after this little experiment I may.

Enough babble, K0TC is the winner.... Ron, I will have your Tenna Dipper in the mail tomorrow. Thank you all for reading my blog. I will have more giveaways in the future.