Portable……so far


The weather forecast for this weekend is to be windy and wet, kinda knocks any portable work on the head. I’ve some plans to do more SOTA summits in the near future but obviously the weather must be suitable.
I’ve looked back on the posts in this blog, starting from the ones where I went ‘local’ to the SOTA activations, firstly Hill Of Stake then onto Duncolm then Blaeloch Hill followed by last weekends visit to Conic Hill.
These four hills vary in different ways, for scenery, Conic Hill on the east bank of Loch Lomond wins hands down, it was a steep, rough well worn path to the top, the weather that day was sunny, we definitely chose the best weather for views. The Hill Of Stake was the highest of the four, it was a reasonable slog to get here, the old mine track for 4 km then roughly 2.5 km over rough, heathery but marshy ground with no path,the best views were to the west and south. It had a tremendous take off to the south. Duncolm, the walk in was started in misty conditions but by the time we reached the summit, the sun was shining, the views from here were good to the NW, we could see the south part of Loch Lomond. This was the easiest of all the walk ins, it started steeply then leveled out with then a steady rise to Duncolm, there was track all of the way. It really makes a difference when a path is present. Blaeloch Hill was just an uphill slog, we followed what seemed to be a track created by the ‘Cat Tracked’ survey vehicle we saw parked nearby our drop off point. The underfoot conditions were very wet practically the whole ascent, the last .5 km was a uphill trudge, the scenery was not awe inspiring then when the weather eventually cleared, views over to Arran, Mull of Kintyre, Ailsa Craig and Bute were the highlight.
A total of four summits for 5 SOTA Activator points, not much but a start, hopefully more activations to follow.
Over the four activations, two contacts were made into to NI plus one into G land and numerous around GM land, as NE as Muirhead nr. Dundee , E to Fife, SW to Girvan as well as many more plus all the contacts made N to Robin, a GM7/P SOTA regular,furthest being one to the NE of Fort William ( an ‘STS‘ (Summit to Summit))
The local hills, Corlic, Dunrod and Auchinleck have all proved fun to work from, only Creuch left to visit, 1447 ft asl but unqualified for SOTA, the take off N,W and E is excellent, be interesting to see the results from a session on there. Here’s hoping the weather improves soon.

Photo:

Me !! at the top of the Hill of Stake

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