Due to the fact that I had to extend my stay in Germany and the Easter weekend I decided to activate two summits in Rhineland-Palatinate. A nice and very scenic “Bundesland” province. Lots of castles, wine yards, forests and ancient history from the the Stoneage, Romans and medieval knights until today.
Blaettersberg DM/RP-312 was the first summit in the morning. The trailhead starts right in the wine yards just outside the village of Weyher.
The hike is steep extremely steep and leads from the village to a forest inn (which was closed – too bad), a para glider start ramp to the summit which surprises the hiker with an old tower right on the top.
Unfortunately the forest inn along the trail is closed and some locals told us that it is unlikely to open soon, they cannot find volunteers to run it for the hiking club during the summer and spring. Too bad a beer would have been a good idea on the way down.
The activation was kind of difficult, antenna problems and interference with other SOTA activations left only the 20m band to operate. It was a “Spanish” activation all chasers with one exception were from Spain or mobile in Spain – one contact was to the UK. A sunny but cool morning with nice QSOs to sunny Spain.
I closed down early, climbed the tower and hiked back to the parking lot moving on to Treutelsberg.
Arriving at the trailhead to Treutelsberg DM/RP-319 (which has a summit tower too, called Martinsturm) I first had lunch at the old castle and fortress called “Burg Landeck” here are more castles and fortresses than inhabitants.
The Treutelsberg activation I would call the “castle activation” you virtually walk through the Middle Ages and history. Both summits are absolutely great hikes and the operating was a lot of fun.
Thanks to all the chasers for the QSOs !
See you on the next summit