Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mount Rosa and Squaw Mountain

What a difference a few days make. Lynn and I trotted up Mount Rosa a few weekends ago and although there was deep snow on the trail as long as you stayed on the trail it was packed down pretty good.

We had a grand time and even saw a group of runners heading down to Saint Mary's Falls. Their run was around 15 miles roundtrip with 5,000 feet of vertical gain! Wow. Steve, wG0AT , and I did that hike and it about wasted me, I can not imagine running it! Unfortunately, they went by me just as I got to the saddle and I did not have time to snap a pic.

Here are the pictures from that hike.
Lynn, KC0YQF, on the Trail 

KC0YQF and K0JQZ on Top of Mount Rosa

Pikes Peak from Rosa

Looking South

Lynn on the trail

Looking East

Lynn working the SSB pileup

Lynn hamming it up!



During Spring Break we like to go to Santa Fe NM but the weather did not look that great so we stayed in town. We decided that if we wanted to get another summit in before the bonus season ends that Thursday was our day.

We got a very late start but headed to Squaw Mountain. It is a long drive but well worth it.

Here are the pics.

GPS Track

Hike Profile

We had clouds all day

Great views

Lynn, KC0YQF, almost there!

View of the antenna farm from the Fire Tower

Snow Man on the Trail

Lynn making her way through the snow

Notice the Chevy Blazer stuck in the background

Here they are again
 
We passed a Ranger on his way down. We parked next to his Jeep and he mentioned that just about everyday someone gets stuck on that road. We decided to just hike the extra 1/2 mile although I think Lynn's Subaru could have made it past this area.

The Fire Tower was unoccupied but we passed the renters on our way down. They were better equipped than we were and they all had snow shoes to deal with the snow.

I made a bonehead mistake when I grabbed the wrong boots. I did not have my waterproofed boots on so by the time we got to the summit I was painfully aware that my feet were wet. We both activated on 20 Meter SSB. Thanks to the chasers that worked Lynn then stuck around to work me. I had to get moving quick in order to get my blood flowing again so it was s short activation.

As we got back to the car there was another ham going up to do an activation, N0EMU. I did not see any spots for him so perhaps he decided the weather looked like it was going unleash at any moment. It did start to rain while we were driving off the Mountain.

As I type this it is snowing today and it rained all day yesterday. It is a good day to listen to radio and get caught up on the blog. As I was checking my morning cameras in NC I thought this view of Atlantic Beach was a good contrast to the weather we are having in Colorado today.

Screen Shoot of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, 1 April 2017


73,
Frank
K0JQZ