Arrived at the car park around 7am, 7/09/14.
It was cool when we arrived. We unloaded the mountain bikes and made our way to the walking track.
The ride down was very quick which allowed us to make good time. The graph below does not do this walk any justice in terms of how steep the fire trail is.. The mountain bikes were dropped off at the location indicated. We had to walk the bikes from the lowest point on this graph. I have to say that this was not an easy task pushing the mountain bikes. Though knowing that we could ride out was all worth it.
The highlighted track is our descent. This was no doubt the best track to take as the growth here was not so bad. We were able to make very good time going this way.
As for the ascent path well that is a different story. We had to push through very dense growth which slowed us down quite a bit. As for being steep, very difficult indeed. The Canberra Bushwalking club rates this as a H12, agreed as far as the ascent was concerned.
I had some strange things happen during the activation. My coax lead was showing high SWR which meant I had to replace it before I could start my calling. I had some issues with my power lead. It looked like the pins in the socket/s could have opened up a little causing the loss of power.
I did however make contact with VK1MA (Matt, QTH), VK1RX (Al, S2S) and VK1NAM (Andrew, QTH) all on simplex. This all before I started calling on 40m. I did not get as many contacts as I had hoped, I guess being Fathers day may have played a part of the lack of contacts. The contacts only lasted about 50 minutes. Changed to 20m and just the two contacts.
Highlight of the activation was my QSO with VK3YE Peter. As expected he is pedestrian mobile and this time he is wading in the bay running a massive 500mw. Initially I could not hear him through the pileup but I did hear mobile and called for the mobile station. Just goes to show that you don’t need all that power to get out.
We packed up and and headed back down to the bikes. This time we tried to hold the track that I put into the GPS. This time we managed to get on a much better path for the descent than the ascent.
Here are some pictures of the fire trail on the way up.