W6/SD-064 – 4835

This is the first summit of four E and I completed for Winter SOTA Fest 2024. Until my activation, this was only activated once in 2012 – 12 years earlier. I’m not sure why. Hiking around this was really fun, the rocks were interesting, and it wasn’t that hard of a climb. I’d definitely some back to this one. Worked 7 and 14m CW. After packing up we chose to hike a different way down, through a wash with large boulders to make it a loop.


Total distance: 2.4 mi
Max elevation: 4848 ft
Total climbing: 959 ft
Total time: 02:38:46
Download file: 4835_W6_SD_064.gpx

Date:12/01/2024 |  Summit:W6/SD-064 (4835) 

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Someone put quite a bit of effort to build a camp here.
Stuff like this was a common sight.
E on the summit

W6/SD-128 – Daggett Ridge

This was the second summit of the day for So.Cal Winter SOTA Fest, having just finished up Su Casa Benchmark to the north. I missed a open clearing to park off the narrow dirt road and couldn’t turn around after realizing my mistake, so I ended up parking a bit further away. After slathering on sunscreen, E and I started hiking up the summit, following a track provided by Kevin, the event organizer. After getting through a wash and dry waterfall we started the steeper climb up out of a box canyon. I kept thinking of my great uncle, Jack, who lost a leg in WWII. He would always joke that the lack of a leg was an advantage when walking sideways across a hill. I think he might have been comfortable than me because most of this hike is side-hilling. The summit was super windy, so I only worked 40M and 2M. On the way down, we took a much better route as we had gone through a sketchy area on the way up.


Total distance: 3.93 mi
Max elevation: 4090 ft
Total climbing: 1640 ft
Total time: 03:43:29
Download file: Daggett_Ridge_W6_SD_128.gpx

Date:13/01/2024 |  Summit:W6/SD-128 (Daggett Ridge)

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