GW/MW-002 Great Rhos
It was -5C when I left the car next to Haines Mill, New Radnor. I made my way along the tarmac road and the track that leads towards the summit noting that the snow covered mountain was resplendent in the morning sunshine.
I had allowed myself plenty of time to reach the summit as it is a fair old slog up the path to the open moorland. When I reached the beginning of the moorland and the track that leads towards the summit there was nothing to be seen except snowdrifts. The next part of my journey was a combination of walking through knee high snow drifts, heather and hidden grass tussocks - must get some snow shoes.
All this made me 30 minutes late on summit missing a possible s2s with Phil G4OBK up in Scotland :( I had talked to Viki MW6BWA/p on her way to Fan Gyhirych GW/SW-006 and surmised that we would probably arrive on our respective summit at about the same time. I set up by the gate and the large Firing Range warning signs with my fishing pole being bungeed to a fence post. With Viki and Rod MW0JLA/p on GW/SW-007 Fan Nedd having an s2s I quickly joined in the fun on 2m and opened my account which also included a 70cm contact with Viki with great signals each way – thanks both.
Moving to 40m I quickly found Barry M0IML/p on G/SE-015 Cheriton Hill stating that he had specifically ventured out to catch me on Great Rhos – thanks Barry. I had already notified Mike G6TUH that I was on summit so I dropped in on a frequency slightly below Barry as I had heard Bill G4WSB talking to Mike. I soon qualified the summit although I had to make an announcement that I had not ventured to the Trig point for WAB as the drifts were too energy sapping for my tired legs :)
Very soon a total of 31 chasers made the log including an s2s with Nick G4OOE/p on G/TW-004 Bishop Wilton Wold and another with Rod on SW-007 Fan Nedd who just could not resist a 40m contact with me - thanks both :) A total of 38 minutes on air and with no more callers I pulled the plug. Despite the glorious sunshine I was glad to pack up and make my way down as the wind chill factor was beginning to take effect. On my way up I had noticed tracks in the snow of Grouse, Hare and Fox and decided that I would take some pictures on the way back - bad decision as the wind had blown snow into these fragile prints - lesson learnt.
A big thank you once again to all who called in on both days and apologies to the Trig hunters (Great Rhos) - it'll be there for another day.