This is a long one, 14 miles round trip with 2600 ft elevation gain out and 1000 ft gain back, mostly in the last two miles. Parked at the bottom of Buckhorn Campground. Started the hike at 0620. The temperature was 38 degrees F. There was a gibbous moon providing some light, and I used my head lamp until the sky got bright enough.
First you go downhill for a mile and a half or so, then start up hill
Set up the dipole and station. Was on the air only about 40 minutes, since it was a long hike back to the start!
14 MHz CW: N4EX N4MJ NS7P K6TW W7CNL W0MNA W0ERI N7WM KT5X VE7KBN N7UN K6TUY(s2s w6 cc-005) KE5AKL (s2s w5n mg-030)
10 MHz CW:KU6J WA6RIC W7RV N7CW N7AMA NA6MG (s2s w6 cc-005)
Dan (NA6MG), Tim (K6TW) and I all got “SOTA Complete” for this summit today.
Bare Mountain in middle of picture, you can see the prominent fire break. Pacifico is near the top to the left (pine trees on summit). I think Mt Gleason is the long hump top left center, farthest away.
3 hours 25 minutes to get back, of which 15 to 20 minutes was for rest and water breaks. Took 6 pints of water, and drank 4 of them. From the exertion and hiking time required for this peak, I would say it was about the same energy required as when I walked/jogged the LA Marathon in past years, with times ranging between 6 and 6 and a half hours. There is also a 100 mile Angeles Crest Endurance Run, you would have to do SEVEN of these Pallett hikes one after the other to do what they do (in 18 to 33 hours), they seem super human to me!
It was a fabulous hike, but I don’t think I need to do it again, it was very tough. “The first shall be the last and the last shall be the first”!