Cassie KG6MMZR and her old friend David make their way up the upper slopes of Cerro Grande. The magnificent Valle Grande and the rest of the Valles Caldera in the background, including the never-activated Redondo Peak (11,253 – W5N/SE-002)
12 JUNE 2021 W5N/SE-011
Cerro Grande is part of the massive Valles Caldera – one of the largest young calderas on Earth. It was formed by a series of super-volcano eruptions about a million years ago. I have never been up in this area above Los Alamos and was looking forward to exploring this interesting region. Cassie (KG6MZR) and her old friend David Cunningham joined me on this fun activation.
The hike is about 2 miles to the summit on a well-graded trail with an elevation gain of just over 1,000′. This is one of the few peaks in New Mexico that you can park the car just off paved road at the trailhead. The summit is over 10,000′ high and the thin air was noticeable on the ascent
The activation was wildly successful with 18 contacts including 5 summit-to-summit contacts in North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, California and New Mexico. I even managed to eke out a contact with Jon K6LDQ from Torrance. I heard Brian WA6JFK but unfortunately he could not hear me.