This was my second activation of the day, having hiked W6/CT-041 earlier. I was starving from a light breakfast so I stopped at a small diner in Angelus Oaks for a late lunch burger. From the diner, I took a small dirt road behind the post office as far as I could in my small commuter car, parked and started hiking to the summit. It had just rained, so there was quite a few large water puddles. If it was drier I could have just driven to the use trail that leads to the summit. The trail is pretty obvious, just steep. At the top there was a small rattle snake curled up right where I wanted to setup. The snake was there first so I put the antenna a bit further down the hill, but well within the activation zone. The clock just passed 00:00, and I was loosing daylight so I worked through the bands quickly, with a few S2S and a Japanese DX station. I rushed to tear the station down and hiked down the hill. I git back to the car right before the last light of the day. Perfect timing!
Max elevation: 6542 ft
Total climbing: 2110 ft
Total time: 02:03:09
Date:14/10/2022 | Summit:W6/CT-076 (Constance Peak)
|00:17||W7SKH||14MHz||CW||S53N R55N S2S W6/CC-045|
|00:17||W7CBR||14MHz||CW||S58N R599 S2S W6/CC-045|
|00:23||AI6XG||14MHz||CW||S52N R33N? S2S W6/CC-045|