The activation of Strawberry Peak W6/CT-018 brought some surprises. First surprise was a navigational error by missing the turn to the summit and instead moving towards the Strawberry Meadows. The second surprise was not a real surprise but the consequence of the unintentional deviation from the hike to the summit which changed the schedule and moved the activation into the mid-morning and afternoon heat I wanted to avoid. The hike started at the Red Box parking area right at the Mount Wilson intersection from Los Angeles Crest Highway.
After finally arriving at the summit it turned out that Mike (N6MKW) was also activating Strawberry Peak that day. It was nice to meet another activator in person whom I only knew from SOTA QSO’s before.
The final approach to Strawberry Peak is quite steep and not recommended in the summer heat.
Elevation profile to the summit
Along the trail
Trail to Strawberry Meadows
Beautiful scenery along the involuntarily deviation to Strawberry Meadows
Trail to Strawberry Peak summit
View towards Los Angeles from the summit trail
Summit activator operating
View from the summit
Satellite view of the hike
The activation was my first try operating QRP only and the mediocre band conditions made it a real challenge. Thanks to all the chasers and the help by spotting me on the net. I made it a short activation due to the delay and the extreme heat on the summit.
Date:11/Jul/2014 Summit:W6/CT-018 (Strawberry Peak) Call Used:WN6E
|17:50z||KB6CIO||144MHz||FM||Thanks for the spots|