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Aye Gill Pike NP-023


Aye Gill Pike, G/NP-023 - 556m ASL - SD 720 886  - OS Explorer OL2 - 2 SOTA points        Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index


After Baugh Fell-Tarn Rigg Hill G/NP-012 on Tuesday 30th December 2008, we drove back to the large parking area on the main road. "We'll just check if there's anything closer" I advised Jimmy as we headed along the road. Pulled in was a Land Rover with an antenna on it. We wondered if other SOTA activators were already on that hill.

Jimmy takes a breather from the ascent to admire the view    Tom halfway up, with the earlier Baugh Fell behind

We found the start of the byway, and there was room for me to back the car onto the roadside just by it. This certainly wasn't a driveable byway, like the one enjoyed earlier though! We pulled ourselves up the uneven grassy track and out onto the open fell. No the hard work was done for the day, but there remained another hour's march along the crest of the ridge as it gently rose to the summit. Two-thirds of the way up we met Geoff G6MZX and his wife, expressing surprise at how long a walk it was. I was thinking the same thing! But that obviously accounted for the Land Rover with aerial spotted down on the road.

Jimmy M3EYP at the summit    Tom M1EYP on summit

We reached the summit an hour behind schedule at 4pm, in temperatures of -5 degrees. After setting up for 80m, we shared the Thai Green Chicken Curry soup, and Jimmy kicked off on 3.660MHz SSB. He only made four QSOs, but that was all he needed, so I took over and went on 3.557MHz CW. Here things were much brighter, and I got nine contacts. I missed Roy G4SSH, who was clearly heard calling, but didn't respond when I called him in.

Nice colours as we viewed sunset from the summit    Jimmy finishes his soup as it gets dark

After completing the packing away, it was nearly five o'clock, and about to go dark. We donned our headtorches, switched on the beams, and commenced the descent. Very soon, it was completely dark, but with a superb view of the stars above.  Jimmy led the after-dark descent confidently and ably, delivering us at the car in one hour. Good show.  We now needed just Wild Boar Fell G/NP-007, Hoove G/NP-024 and Cracoe Fell G/NP-032 to complete the NPs.  Many thanks to all who worked us.

G6SFP Chalfont St Peter Nigel 80m SSB J
ON4ON Dadizele Danny 80m SSB J
F4CTJ Neufchatel en Bray Karim 80m SSB J
G3VQO Horsham Les 80m SSB J
G3TJE Highbridge Peter 80m CW T
DL5WW Neubrandenburg Guenter 80m CW T
HB9RE Zurich Fritz 80m CW T
G3VQO Horsham Les 80m CW T
G3LHJ Newton Abbott Derrick 80m CW T
G4RQJ Walney Island Rob 80m CW T
ON4ON Dadizele Danny 80m CW T
DL1FU Biedenkopf Fred 80m CW T
OE4PWW Potzneusiedl Walter 80m CW T