W6/CT-151 – Frankish Peak

Mike – KN6EZE started with SOTA around the same time as I did, so when we were both close to earning goat status- 1,000 points, we decided to do it together. Originally we were going to snowshoe up to Sunset Peak, however, that morning an avalanche blocked the road to the trailhead which forced us to quickly change plans. Had we been any earlier to Sunset Peak, we might have been stuck in Mount Baldy Village until the snow was cleared.

Nearby, Frankish Peak would satisfy the points needed for both of us to make goat status. This was a summit I’ve never climbed, in addition I already made a contact here so it would be a complete for me as well. The hike starts out on a narrow use trail that leads to a fire road, then another use trail which is quite steep, perhaps more of a climb to a ridge line. Here, there was plenty of snow accumulation which made the hike even more enjoyable.

At the top we spread out. I setup a 40M EFHW and Mike setup a 2M j-pole. After I exhausted all chaser on 40M Mike and I switched stations. Mike used a uSDX in SSB mode which made me want to get one of these inexpensive little radios. He then switched it to CW while I worked 2M FM. After reminiscing on the summit of all the adventures and summits before, we hiked back to the car the same way we came up. Traffic was terrible so we went to a restaurant and got a well deserved meal and a beer while things settled down on the highways.


Total distance: 4.51 mi
Max elevation: 4247 ft
Total climbing: 2447 ft
Total time: 06:09:26
Download file: Frankish_Peak.gpx

Date:03/03/2023 |  Summit:W6/CT-151 (Frankish Peak) |  Callsign:AG6N 

21:07K6KMH7MHzCWS58N R57N
21:08N4LAG7MHzCWS57N R55N
21:09KX6I7MHzCWS55N R57N S2S W6/SC-146
21:10K6EL7MHzCWS44N R55N S2S W6/NC-423
21:11K6YK7MHzCWS56N R55N
21:12KF6HI7MHzCWS57N R55N
21:13KE6MT7MHzCWS42N R53N
21:14K6TUY7MHzCWS57N R58N
21:17NT6E7MHzCWS58N R57N
21:20KD7DTS7MHzCWS57N R599 S2S W6/CC-056
21:49KD7DTS144MHzFMS56 R57
21:52N6XZN144MHzFMS59 R59
21:53KK6TDU144MHzFMS59 R59
21:55WA2KDL144MHzFMS55 R59
21:56KD7WPJ144MHzFMS58 R58
21:58KM6QPV144MHzFMS59 R59
22:00KN6FNY144MHzFMS57 R57
22:03KI6SLA144MHzFMS59 R59
22:09K6NOV144MHzFMS33 R55

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