After stopping at Thredbo overnight for New Years Eve slept in a bit. I had been up to after midnight... Had breakfast and drove the short distance to the start of the Cascades Walk, parking about 8:45 am. The weather here was cold for January, about 11c, so dressed warmly.
It's a 4.7 Km walk from here to the summit. Followed the Thredbo River for a while, quite scenic.
The track eventually crosses the Thredbo River at a metal bridge put in by the park rangers.
Looking upstream. Summit around to the right.
After crossing the river the track heads up and heads around to the right. Good views. Looking back.
Note the white patches on the main range in the distance. These are snow drifts, in Summer!
Just a few hundred metres from the summit needed to leave the walking track and head cross country to the summit. Lots of tracks to follow, probably left by brumbies, wild horses. A bit of a marshy area before the summit but not too bad to walk through.
After an hour and a quarter of walking reached the summit. A rough post on a rock trig point.
At the top the wind was very strong and cold. Probably gusting to about 30-40 Km/Hr. Found a rocky outcrop out of the wind, and set up the squid pole here, radio shack on the tarp mostly out of the wind.
Shack on the tarp
Even though I was out of the wind the top of the squid pole was not, and collapsed on me a few times. So operating was interrupted now and then by my having to hoist it back up again...
The 40m band was full of activators... Started with an S2S with Andrew VK1AD/p on VK1/AC-043 Mt Stromlo with a good signal. Andrew spotted me and let me have the frequency. Worked my way through a pileup of activators and chasers, also going after new ones on SOTAwatch. Pre UTC
|23:27z||VK1AD/P||7MHz||SSB||s58 r58 s2s vk1/ac-043|
|23:29z||VK3PF/P||7MHz||SSB||s58 r56 s2s vk3/vg-001|
|23:31z||VK3ARR/P||7MHz||SSB||s51 r56 s2s vk3/ve-008|
|23:33z||VK2AOH||7MHz||SSB||s52 r55 s2s vk2/ct-012|
|23:35z||VK2IO/P||7MHz||SSB||s58 r58 s2s vk2/hu-093|
|23:42z||VK1MA/P||7MHz||SSB||s55 r55 s2s vk1/ac-008|
|23:45z||VK3SG/P||7MHz||SSB||s55 r59 s2s vk3/ve-007|
|23:54z||VK3ARH/P||7MHz||SSB||s53 r57 s2s vk3/vs-027|
|23:57z||VK3TST/P||7MHz||SSB||s53 r55 s2s vk3/ve-034|
Note VK3TST/p at 23:57. He had just got on air with only 3 minutes to go to rollover. Don't think he made the 4 contacts needed...
Post UTC. Only 1 contact on 20m, John VK6NU/p on VK6/SW-039.
|00:04z||VK6NU/P||14MHz||SSB||s51 r51 s2s vk6/sw-039|
|00:10z||VK3ARH/P||7MHz||SSB||s53 r55 s2s vk3/vs-027|
|00:11z||VK3ARR/P||7MHz||SSB||s52 r52 s2s vk3/ve-008|
|00:20z||VK5PAS/P||7MHz||SSB||s57 r54 vk5/se-001|
|00:21z||VK5FMAZ/P||7MHz||SSB||s57 r54 vk5/se-001|
|00:24z||VK3TST/P||7MHz||SSB||s53 r55 s2s vk3/ve-034|
|00:26z||VK3AFW/P||7MHz||SSB||s51 r53 s2s vk3/ve-031|
|00:31z||VK3SG/P||7MHz||SSB||s55 r56 s2s vk3/ve-007|
|00:35z||VK2IO/P||7MHz||SSB||s57 r57 s2s vk2/hu-093|
|00:37z||VK7TW/P||7MHz||SSB||s41 r41 s2s vk7/sc-063|
|00:38z||VK7FREU/P||7MHz||SSB||s41 r41 s2s vk7/sc-063|
|00:42z||VK3PF/P||7MHz||SSB||s55 r55 s2s vk3/vg-001|
|01:06z||VK1MA/P||7MHz||SSB||s55 r55 s2s vk1/ac-008|