This was my second SOTA activation. My wife Lynn & Daughter Izzy tagged along. This was a great hike on the spur of the moment. There are several Rocky Mountain Summits in GA. This one is very close to our Blue Ridge Cabin. The hike is on the Stanley Gap trail and joins in with the Benton Mackaye Trail, with a short trail to the summit. Just getting my trail legs at this point, so the climb got me quite winded. A typical GA hardwood Summit. The Stanley Gap Trail, formerly known as the old Rich Mountain Trail and is now part of the Aska Trail system. The summit is at 3,460′
As I mentioned, I will be posting some of the Facebook posts to move things along:
About to get real nerdy on you guys.
Yesterday I activated SOTA Summit W-4/HC-008, Rocky Mountain at 3460′ elevation. This was a steep 2.3 mile hike up, then 2.3 back down. I made 5 contacts on the 40 meter band. Got the antenna re-configured for 20 meters, heard lots of DX, but had to quickly pack up and head back down to beat a fast approaching thunderstorm. It was an awesome day. Lynn Shannon, Elizabeth, Sparkles and Annie went as well. A perfect day.
(I am an Extra Class amateur radio operator KC4WZB. SOTA is Summits On The Air. If you are interested in more info see http://SOTA.org.uk/ )
This Hike 4.6 miles
Total SOTA Miles = 6.5 Miles