On March 22, I went for a hike to Mount Wittenberg, which is the highest peak in Point Reyes at 1407′. I brought my Yaesu FT-60R and a portable 2m Yagi-Uda to activate the peak for Summits on the Air (SOTA). This peak was my second SOTA activation and it was a success, despite a bumpy (and foggy) start. This time, Stefanie (KK6STE) came along with me for the hike.
We used the trailhead at the Bear Valley Visistor Center and started the hike around 10 am. From this point, the summit was about two miles and a 1300′ climb away.
Soon into the hike, we entered the forest. There are beautiful Douglas fir and oak trees all along the path. The fog started to wrap around us as we climbed.
Eventually, we came to a small clearing a short distance from the summit. The Z Ranch Trail meets at this fork, along with another path that continues into the Sky Trail.
It took a little hunting to find the medallion that marked the actual summit, which is just off the path. The entire ridge is surrounded by trees so it’s difficult to get a good view. After calling CQ for 15 minutes, I was finally answered by KM6G all the way in Gualala! KE6WC soon followed, also in Gualala. We had trouble making contacts for a while, so we took a rest while the fog cleared away. In the meantime, we found a stick lying on the ground that worked beautifully as an antenna mount.
This stick was just what we needed to get the rest of the QSOs! This augmentation got us to Clear Lake, Half Moon Bay, and a trio of hams hiking around Mount Saint Helena. Another successful trip!
2m QSOs: KM6G, KE6WC, AG6DM, N1PPP, N0EDS, KG6NUB, KK6SNM, KK6SLO.