13 OCTOBER 2020. W6/CT-207 Once again my friend Brian (WA6JFK) and I were scheming about doing tandem activations early Tuesday morning to beat the heat that was forecast to be near triple digits. I picked Simi Peak and Brian decided to try Kagel Mountain over in the San Gabriels. I started hiking about 5:30 AMContinue reading “Simi Peak”
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9 OCTOBER 2020 W6/CT-218 The first time I hiked up Temescal Peak I was about 12 years old. My buddy Allan Gardner and I had seen the enticingly-named Eagle Springs on the topographical quad and it beckoned. Having no idea how long it would take, we left the quiet streets of Pacific Palisades at 2:30Continue reading “Temescal Peak”
6 OCTOBER 2020 W6/CC-056 At 3,111 feet, Sandstone Peak is the highest of the Santa Monica Mountains. I first hiked to the summit on December 12, 1974. Back then all of Boney Mountain was part of the Boy Scouts’ Circle X Ranch and it was jealously guarded by the cantankerous caretaker, Max Jones. Over theContinue reading “Sandstone Peak”
The remains of a fire lookout tower at dawn. The San Gabriel Mountain in the background.
A local mountain I’d never done before
Just before sunrise on the trail to Waterman Mountain 29 AUGUST 2020 W6/CT-012 It’s been almost a month now since my first activation and my happy discovery of the joys of Summits on the Air. I’d activated 7 summits and was aiming for 8. One thing this brief experience has taught me: getting an HFContinue reading “Waterman Mountain”
Castro Peak Attempt
A reconnaissance run met with failure
Throop Peak & Mount Lewis
Two 8 point summits in the San Gabriel Mountains
A hot summer morning activation
After a successful outing in the San Gabriel Mountains last weekend I was ready for more.