Continuing on with my recent desire to add more points to my SOTA total, I decided to drive to the Kite Lake TH last night and camp for an early am start up Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Democrat.Â Mark, Christian and I hit the trail head at 6am to beautiful weather.Â It had rained some around 4am but was clear when we left camp.
When we got close to the summit of Democrat, dark clouds were already building.Â The weather forecast had been clear until 2pm.Â So much for weather forecasts!Â We pushed on to the summit and the clouds moved off to the West/North.
I worked a few guys right away from Democrat, then packed it up with hopes of making Lincoln before bad weather hit.Â I had forgotten (thin air?) that I was going to try working K1Jd and KT5X in Santa Fe on CW.Â I had scheduled a QSO on 2m with Bob K0NR, and he was within range of 2m at his cabin.
We crossed over Mt. Cameron.Â This one doesn’t qualify for SOTA, and really doesn’t qualify as a 14er for any bragging rights.Â Not enough prominence.Â Somebody had left these cardboard signs on all the summits.
There were more chasers available from Mt Lincoln.Â I quickly had enough in the log and moved on.Â The weather was really starting to close in.Â Â It was fun to work a few guys on 40m-CW.Â Nowhere near the pileup I would have dealt with on 20m.
On the way across from Cameron to Bross, it started hailing and thundering.Â I decided to not try my luck on Bross (plus it’s a closed summit, but that wouldn’t normally stop me!).
The final track log and elevation profile:
All the photos from this trip can be viewed in my Smugmug Gallery
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