Summit 1,821 x3

Looking east to Saddle peak on the right and the San Gabriel Mountains on the left

5 JANUARY 2022 W6/CT-228

Hal N6JZT warns in the write-up of his January 30th 2021 ascent of 1,821 that the trail can be quite sticky when muddy after a rainstorm like only clay soil can be. We had a phenomenal rainstorm about a week ago that dropped over 5 inches of rain at my home in Topanga. Usually a week is enough time to allow the moisture to soak in and the mud factor to abate.

As I started out in full darkness, I could feel the trail was still a bit sticky. I had received a thoughtful Christmas gift from KG6MZR — a wool cap with a headlamp built in. It turns out this was a most fortuitous gift in that shortly after starting out I came across a large sinkhole that was not present on my first two ascents of this summit. I’m not sure I would have seen this hazard had I been traveling under ambient light, as I sometime do.

This was also an activation to try out my new Yaesu FT-5DR’s APRS capabilities. The radio performed very well and I made all my spots via APRS messaging. I like this in that it keeps all my contact with the outside world in the amateur radio spectrum.

I was treated to a glorious sunrise and very mild weather. Perhaps the biggest surprise was working S57S Aleksander in Slovenia along with many of my favorites.

The station with Simi Peak in the background
Looking northwest to Hines Peak and the Sespe-Topotopo wilderness area
The summit affords a nice bench. Sandstone Peak in the background
A deep sink hole in the trail. Recent rains produced several hazards that were avoided in the predawn hours with my new headlamp beanie.

Published by wringmaster

I'm a graphic artist in the movie business. When I was a kid I got interested in astronomy. When it would get too cloudy to observe the heavens, my buddy and I would sit at the VFO of his Hallicrafters S 38c like safe crackers trying to coax faraway signals out of that humble radio. My love of astronomy and radio survive to this day fifty+ years later.

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