Summit 10,940′

Looking north up the White Mountains with some serious weather moving in.

10 SEPTEMBER 2022 W6/WH-008

One star – Nothing special but I’d do it again.
Route: Use trail and cross country
Hike Distance: .3 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 150′
Navigation: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Vehicle: Passenger car
Road: Good dirt road
Cell Coverage: None (Verizon), APRS Excellent
Hike basics

After my frenzied activation of W6/WH-009 I drove on past the Bristlecone Pine Monument entrance on White Mountain Road thinking I might try County Line Peak. Soon the road turns to a well scraped dirt road, but I kept in mind that it could get wet this stormy day with Tropical Storm Kay in the area. …oh boy, could it as I was to find out later.

When I reached the high saddle next to summit 10,940′ W6/WH-008, I could see that County Line Hill was a good deal further down White Mountain Road and I decided not to chance it in the unsettled weather. The hike is a short scramble up the north side of the summit. I quickly set up the PackTenna and didn’t set up the table or chair in favor of brevity. It was starting to cloud up again. There were HUGE static crashes on 40m. I made 10 contacts and started packing up as big fat raindrops started to fall.

Once back at Whitedog it really opened up and started raining in earnest. As I carefully made my way down White Mountain Road a drowing downpour ensued. Rocks, sand, mud, and pine cones washed all over the road. What an adventure!

I gave this summit one star and I would recommend it. It would probably get two stars if the view of the Sierra crest was clear.

The hasty station
Looking south as the weather moves in
Looking back to the roadhead. County Line Hill on the left.

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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