Sunday, 5 May 2013

SOTA Activation Mt Rob Roy 1099m

Mt Rob Roy is a 4.5Km, 400m climb walk from the edge of the Southern Canberra suburb of Banks. Parked off Orange Thorn Cres and started walking up the fire trail, steep track, it even said so...

After a vigorous climb leveled off a bit. Some good views, although an icy wind was blowing. Was glad to get some shelter from it later on.

The road continued to the left of Big Monks Trig, which I left for the return trip.

Left the track for Rob Roy Link track, more climbing...

Crossed a gate into Rob Roy Reserve, now more wooded walking

From here the road follows a ridge line. Got a bit easier as not climbing so much...

Around 150m from the summit the road dips down again, so needed to head cross country. Bush was fairly easy going though. Got to the summit after a bit over an hour of walking. Unlike the usual metal Trigs in the ACT, this was wooden, very unusual...

GPS showed altitude at just over 1100m.

Set up the FT817ND on a rock and used the Trig for the squid pole support.

Got set up by 9:30am. 40m was going well. Worked S2S with VK1NAM/P on VK1/AC-027 near Honeysuckle Creek, VK1FB/P Glen on Mt Majura and Al VK1RX/P on Mt Pheasant. Plus quite a few local VK1s on 2m FM. Heaps of VK1/VK2 and VK3 chasers, plus Paul VK5PAS. All up 34 contacts on both bands.

Strangely it got colder later on in the morning, must have been cold air rising from the valley below. I could see my breath...Then warmed up again? Packed up about 11:30am and headed down.

On the way back popped out to Big Monks, or Fields Trig for lunch and the view. Spectacular.

Track log of my walk. Some deviations taking in the views on the way back.

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