Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Videos of our runs up Colorado 14ers...

Again I have had too much trouble with TeacherTube to upload my videos there. They have been uploaded, but getting them to play has been erratic. Here is a video library of all 3 videos:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ham Radio Contacts 7-15-09

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Wednesday we drove the XTerra Off-Road high into the mountains above Leadville, CO. The forest access road might reject lesser vehicles, sending them back with a holed oil pan or broken suspension, the XTerra didn't notice any difficulty.

We parked about 12,600ft elevation. We raised the DK9SQ mast with a G5RV antenna, connected the Elecraft K2, and went for it.

Conditions were poor, however we worked stations in IA, MN, IL, MI, and NC, including one FOC club member, Jack, W0UCE. All were excellent copy here on loud speaker. Several Jeeps passed by and didn't know what to make of the Morse breaking the silence of the mountains.

After packing up we went fly fishing.

73, FD KT5X/p

Mt. Elbert in 70+ mph winds

At around 7:30, we headed into the mountains intent on summiting Mt. Elbert. First we hit a stream and Dad honored the mountain with a little mud and then we navigated the newly made trail. A dusty affair but easily marked, we ascended quickly. Compared to Yale, this trail is less steep and well marked. But still... plenty steep!

When we hit timberline, the wind began to kick up. Another 2 miles and we were faced with winds easily exceeding 70 MPH. Calvin and I were not prepared to deal with this kind of wind chill and decided to turn back... Dad persisted and made it to the top where he reported the winds as so strong, he could barely stand up!

We waited at treeline for Dad's safe return which was a welcome sight...

Videos from Mt Yale and Mt Elbert are being loaded now as we enjoy dinner at Benson's in Salida...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Video of ascent of Mt Harvard

This is hosted at youtube... tried teachertube, but it failed:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mt Yale Slide Show

This morning, we ascended Mt Yale. To quote Dad, "this trail doesn't mince words." Yes, straight into the hill for mile after mile. We were able to run at the peak for the first 2 miles as we made our way through the forest, but once above timber, it was power walking all the way.

We overhauled a number of hikers on the slope and intercepted a youth group at the shoulder. We joined them as we rock-hopped across the ridge to the summit only finding ourselves hung out over a granite cliff once along the way (word to the wise, the trail is along the south face of the ridge [;-). Dad took some photos which I have embedded here.

We tried cell service to do a live broadcast but were unable to get enough signal strength. There was just enough signal to send a text message or a choppy call. We stayed for about 30 minutes and then descended like perverbial bats from you know where...

Mt Harvard Slide Show

So we did not have any wifi access yesterday so we could not post these slides until today. We are staying at the historic Delaware Hotel in Leadville.