Lupines Blooming on Mt Gleason (W6 CT-017) 6540 ft, 8 June 2017

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Dan NA6MG and I are pretty fit for bike riding: him by going all the way to Iron Mountain and back via the Mt Gleason Road and Mendenhall Ridge Road, and me by riding to Little Gleason last week. So we planned a bike ride to Gleason itself.

We set off at 0500 as it started to get light, the temperature was just under 50F/10C, about 10F/5C cooler than my ride on Little Gleason. A nice ride up to the Little Gleason turnoff, then a fast downhill past the old fire camp. Came to the point where we had to push the bikes, 10% or 12% grade.

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Then the 45 minute push up about 1000 feet to the nearly flat Mt Gleason ridge

Condor Peak in the distance

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Lupines and other wild flowers blooming now at this old Nike Hercules radar site

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Set up next to the station that takes plate tectonic data using GPS

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2m FM was kind of dry, only 2 contacts…and I could hear Charles KM6CEM but he could not hear me

2m FM: KD6CQS WA9STI (Scott at the start of the Mt Waterman trail)

20m CW: W0MNA K5QR W0ERI K6MW W4HBK WA7SB K3TCU NS7P KX6A K5OT AC1Z

30m CW: K6HPX AA7DK WA7SB W5BOS W4HBK

40m CW: K6EL K6HPX NG6R KB7HH

Dan over by where he had set up , using his new KX2 with a 59 foot long wire

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And me

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This tower has blown down since my last visit. I wonder when they will fix it

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More wild flowers

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Starting the ride down

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The usual very fast ride down to the saddle. Then pushed our bikes up to the burned out fire camp, then up to the Little Gleason turnoff. Dan left me here to go activate this mountain (W6 CT-087, known as Pk 6020 or Little Gleason). I continued down, and worked him about 20 minutes later on 2m FM when he reached the summit. Then the fast ride down back to Mill Creek Summit and the Angeles Forest Highway. During my drive back I talked with Dan again after he had worked his CW pileup

73! Hal N6JZT

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