Sunday, 26 May 2013

SOTA - Allt yr Esgair - GW/SW-023

Allt yr Esgair - 393m, 1 point

Association: Wales  Region: South Wales  
Latitude: 51 54 37 N, Longitude: 3 16 19 W
Grid Reference: SO 126243, QTH Locator: IO81IV

SOTA - Tor y Foel - GW/SW-013

Tor y Foel - 551m, 2 points

Association: Wales  Region: South Wales  
Latitude: 51 52 1 N, Longitude: 3 17 12 W
Grid Reference: SO 115195, QTH Locator: IO81IU

SOTA - Waun Rydd - GW/SW-004

Waun Rydd - 769m, 6 points

Association: Wales  Region: South Wales  
Latitude: 51 52 33 N, Longitude: 3 21 50 W
Grid Reference: SO 062206, QTH Locator: IO81HV

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Latest SOTA Awards

With my recent SOTA activations, I've now amassed 100 activator points and at the same time 250 summit to summit points fr the Red S2S award.

One hundred actiavtor points is only 10% of the way to "Mountain Goat" so there's an awfully long way way to go yet! I don't really know if it's an achievable goal.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

SOTA - Fan Brycheiniog - GW/SW-003

Fan Brycheiniog - 802m, 8 points

Association: Wales  Region: South Wales  
Latitude: 51 52 56 N, Longitude: 3 42 30 W
Grid Reference: SN 825218, QTH Locator: IO81DV

Following the stream upwards
I arrived at my chosen parking spot for the ascent of Fan Brycheiniog in sunshine, however the hills in the distance were still shrouded in cloud which occasional broke showing their true splendour. The first part of the hike is very pleasant, following a stream which cascades down over numerous waterfalls until we reach a broad marshy saddle. This saddle extends towards the tarn lake of Llyn y Fan Fawr, which now could be seen in the distance. The escarpment was still occasionally shrouded in mist. At the lake the path climbs quite steeply, but it is a well maintained path and posses no dificulties. Towards the top it branches Right towards the summit shelter and trig point. There were few people around so I set up in the shelter to make the most of the wind break and keep warm. HF conditions had much improved since the morning and a long run of contacts ensued. The sun also started to pop out and eventually all the cloud cleared away giving fantastic views and some welcome heat!

Leveling off towards Llyn y Fan Fawr

Llyn y Fan Fawr

Climbing the escarpment

The trig point at the summit

Summit shelter. QRV.
The sun comes out
Shack with a view
The way down

Llyn y Fan Fawr