Mt Lawlor 5957 ft (W6 CT-089) 12 Jan 2018

Up early to do some stargazing. High level clouds were limiting but was able to see Vega and the constellation Hercules rising in the east, spot Arcturus and Spica, and begin to make out the constellation Draco which I had never tried to spot before….I was able to “see” a dragon but probably not the…

Josephine Peak (W6 CT-025) and a New Year 5 January 2018

A bit of a SOTA party today with Mike N6MKW on Pk 4202, Scott WA9STI on Mt Lewis, and Kevin W6RIP on Mt Islip Josephine Peak is one of the closer mountains to home, just under an hour’s drive. Started the hike about half an hour before sunrise. Hiking up the well-graded fire road. I…

Catching Up..Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec 2017

Last few months I have hiked quite a few of the nearby mountains from the Angeles Crest Highway….Waterman (twice), Bare Mtn, San Gabriel Peak, Vetter, Williamson, Throop, Islip and Lewis. Just adding a few photos. The weather has been very dry and there is no snow at all! I have also rekindled my long ago…

Bald Mountain (W6 SS-285) and Peak 9060 (W6 SS-298) 15 Sept 2017

Dan NA6MG and I planned a camping/hiking trip to the Southern Sierra, in the area above Kennedy Meadow and then over Sherman Pass to the Big Meadow area. We had done a conditioning hike/SOTA to Mt Baden-Powell (W6 CT-004) the week before. On Friday, I left the house at 0245. Talked with Dan on 2m…

On a Dark Desert Highway – Peak 3996 (W6 SD-463)

I have enjoyed the previous summer desert activations, so I thought I would hike Peak 3996, W6 SD-463, I guess you could call it Shadow Mountains South Highpoint, since it is several miles south and west of Shadow Mountains Highpoint (W6 ND-270). Peak 3996 has been activated once before, by Dan NA6MG. Left the house…

Black Butte and Shadow Mountains HP, 28 July 2017

Both peaks are located in the Mojave desert, east of Palmdale, west of Interstate 15, and south of Edwards Air Force Base. Three points summer bonus for SOTA! Drove up the 14 freeway, made my way to Palmdale Blvd where I headed east, then south on 235th Street for 1.4 miles on a good dirt…

Hike by Road and Trail to Mt Islip (W6 CT-010) 21 July 2017

The Angeles Crest Highway is closed at Islip Saddle (6650 feet), due to a sink hole about 10 miles further on. I always enjoy walking this road when it is closed to vehicles, several times having walked the 5.5 miles up to Dawson Saddle (7900 feet) and back. I figured I would walk about 2…

Bike Ride to Mt Pacifico (W6 CT-015) 13 July 2017

Arrived at the road head (Santa Clara Divide Road) at 0416 and enjoyed the quiet dawning of the day and drank coffee. Dan NA6MG and I had arranged to ride together and meet at 0500 but no Dan. Turned out he had gone to the other road head at Mill Creek Summit. We need to…

Three Glendale Hills 23 June 2017

Verdguo Peak (W6 CT-269), Cerro Negro Benchmark (W6 CT-226), and Flint Peak (W6 CT-225) are three lower hills in Glendale. Started early up Whiting Woods Road before sunrise for Verdugo, to take advantage of the coolness before the summer heat later in the day. Planned to operate 2m FM only. Looking down on the low…