W6/NS-380 Pk 9347 (snowmobile approach)

Hope Valley, Lost Lakes, and Upper Blue Lake (NE to SE direction)

TLDR version:

  • SOTA summit: Pt 9347, W6/NS-380
  • Activation Date: Jan 13 2018
  • Radio(s): Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB, Yaesu FT1DX
  • Antenna: LNR Trailfriendly
  • Bands used: 2m for S2S (see below), 20m and 40m
  • Total QSO: 19, 2 on 2m, 7 on 40m, 10 on 20m
  • Furthest QSO:  N4EX (North Carolina) and he’s ticking his way up my most active chasers..but NS7P will probably keep the lead for a while :D..

 

I have been eyeing this peak for a while, and figured it would be a summer approach.  However with Carson Pass area being the only area with a semi decent amount of snow for snowmobiling I figured I would use this opportunity to try a snow machine approach for a summit..park about a 1/2 mile out and walk into the AZ.  This time out Forestdale road was actually covered in snow all the way to 88.   A nice change, but still needed to drop the scratchers to keep the hyfax/track lubed up..  Did not want a repeat of my last snowmobile outing..   This makes my third time ever heading out on a snow machine, and a few friends were like “do you really wanna go solo” .  Play it safe, assess the risk and do not do anything to beyond your limits.  Basically my same philosophy when I’m solo hiking.  Today it really mattered to for while the avy danger was low when I started, as the day warmed up and the snow softened I could tell I was not going to get a two-fer so had to abandon my attempt on the Nipple.

It took me about 30 minutes to get to the Divide.  There I parked and started my hike up the hill.  1/2 mile and 400 feet of elevation gain… Did not need the snowshoes as the snow was wind buffed and plenty firm, also other snowmobilers that had ridden to the summit and on the final approach the rocks were exposed so that made it super easy (and safe) to make the summit.

I was aware that KK6YYD and WC6J were going to be on Tahoe Mountain (W6/NS-397).  They were also the first to activate this peak, so I made it a point to get to the summit while they were on Tahoe Mountain so we could get the S2S and they could both get the complete!  Success.

I had originally intended to do the Nipple too (I have activated it before, but unfortunately I split UTC midnight so 2 before, and 2 after, no points :(.  That said by the time I reached Upper Blue Lake the snow was turning too soft and lacked coverage to run the machine up the hill to where i had intended to park, and I was thinking it was going to be a bit too slide-ish to make the summit safely, so I played my way back to Red Lake to get some snow time on the sled playing in the variable snow.

All in all a successful day. I am finally starting to learn how to ride that snow machine in deeper snow, and make it do what I want, but gotta remember the throttle is your friend.  Another summit accomplished, and there seems to be some new chasers out there these days!   Next up..who knows..it all depends on the snow.

And some images from the summit:

and looking towards Deadwood peak (W6/NS-073) (which I will be doing as soon as the summer permits!
Making gains from the sled to the summit
Decided to try something new this year for winter since snowboarding is getting a bit long in the tooth.
That snow line is still way to high for this being January 😦 (more like Junuary)

Author: JDinSLT

Old school techie, love to play in the outdoors..

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