Friday 20th October 2006 was the end of the half-term, and with Marianne having two night shifts over the weekend, I decided to whisk the boys away for some walking up north. Unfortunately, the horrendous traffic between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield meant that I was over an hour late picking them up, and continuing jams right up to the other side of Manchester delayed progress further. With time pressing on, we stopped at a pub in the moors near Burnley for an evening meal before completing the drive up to Hawes Youth Hostel where we were staying.
Preparing our own breakfast afforded us an early start out from Hawes, and a quick drive up Buttertubs Pass for the first walk of the outing. It was a fairly miserable morning, cold and damp with the light rain increasingly icy and uncomfortable as we gained height. Annoyingly, it took nearly an hour and a half for us to each get our four contacts, thus negating our keen early get up. However, this was nothing compared to the coming afternoon's episode! The descent seemed relatively quick, and we were all pleased to be back in the car with the heater on full blast. We drove further northwards over Buttertubs Pass and headed for the challenge of Kisdon G/NP-026.
Many thanks to the following stations, all worked on 2m FM with 2.5 watts: