10th Activation of Kratka Ridge (W6 CT-014) 15 February 2017

My annual winter hike of Kratka Ridge, though I have also hiked up there at other times of the year, most recently for the Europe-North America summit-to-summit activation weekend.

Angeles Crest Highway, parked at the Vista Point area just east of the disused ski area.

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The temperature was just above freezing, and the snow was icy. Decided to wear my snow shoes and take a ski pole and the antenna mast

Snow on The Volcano, W6 CT-083

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Then up from the saddle,  I went too low and the slope was steep. The crampon points on the snow shows were inadequate for side hilling and I kept slipping. So finally went up the slope to where it was less steep and picked up the correct trail

Looking up the slope

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Would have been better with crampons and ice axe.

Reached the old lift house near the top and set up on a log.

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20m was good, 30m had a lot of RFI, which maybe was from medium wave signals that were picked up by the very long ski lift cables.

2m FM: NA6MG (s2s on Workman Hill) N6KZB KX6A

20m CW: W5GAI N4EX VE2JCW NE4TN SA4BLM(Sweden)  W5BOS KI0G W4KRN W4HBK KK4BNC NK6A WW7D NA6MG

40m CW: W7RV

Looking down the old single chairlift

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I used to go left from the chair to here

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And then down the intermediate run here, now becoming overgrown

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Kratka ski area, once upon a time…

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73!

Hal N6JZT

 

 

 

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