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Carnedd Wen MW-012

 

Carnedd Wen, GW/MW-012 - 523m ASL - SH 924 099 - OS Explorer 215 - 2 SOTA points         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Sunday 2nd June 2019

We dispensed with the typical 5am “early start” from Macc for a SOTA trip.  Given my Lincoln gig the previous night, we agreed on a 7am get-up.  Jimmy spotted a transport cafe called The Lazy Kettle near Oswestry, so we pulled in there for a late breakfast.  I had the pancakes with maple syrup, bacon and scrambled eggs, and it was magnificent!  A huge platter on a 14” plate including two proper pan-sized, made-to-order pancakes!  Recommended.

Meeting the locals at the start of the walk        The notorious ford

Conversation along the A458 naturally involved Upper Park GW/MW-032 and Y Golfa GW/NW-061.  We parked in a wide gateway / track entrance further down the A458.  The track first dropped to an apparently sometimes problematic ford.  We negotiated it by walking carefully through it on our heels, aided by our trekking poles.  We now faced a long uphill, but very graded track into the forested area, then another long walk along the road tracks through the forest.  Finally we had to get across a treacherous section of thick spongy grass, concealing many deep ditches, to the trig point. 

Tom M1EYP        Route almost all along forestry roads

Jimmy made just one QSO on 2m FM, to M1MLM/P who was activating The Roaches for HEMA.  Jimmy explained that he is banned and blocked from HEMA for reasons that have yet to be communicated to him.  I qualified quickly on 20m CW, then switched over to SSB, anticipating that Jimmy would need to use a little HF.  We both worked a couple of S2S on 20m SSB, then Jimmy took over and worked a string of stations.

Trig point        Disused quarry / spoil tip beside the summit

The return walk whizzed by, mainly because I was nattering with my mum on the phone for most of it.  At the car, we got the flask out of my rucksack and had a late lunch of Wild Mushroom and Tarragon soup.  We decided to sack off the second alert of the day and have a relaxed check in at the B&B instead.  Realistically, there wasn’t enough time left for the summit originally planned. 

Tom M1EYP       Jimmy M0HGY

Not many places were serving food on a Sunday evening in Dolgellau, but we settled on the Royal Ship Inn and were more than satisfied with the food and beer.  My Sunday roast beef dinner was top class.  We then grabbed another beer or two and shot some pool before getting a good night’s sleep ahead of the following day’s significant expedition - Glasgwm GW/NW-015 & Aran Fawddwy GW/NW-007.

Setting up antennas                     Tom operating                    Jimmy

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

Op

13:37z

R4KO

14MHz

CW

 

MW1EYP/P

13:38z

EA2DT

14MHz

CW

 

MW1EYP/P

13:38z

M1MLM/P

144MHz

FM

 

MW0HGY/P

13:40z

DL5AWI

14MHz

CW

 

MW1EYP/P

13:40z

IK2LEY

14MHz

CW

 

MW1EYP/P

13:41z

OZ4RT

14MHz

CW

 

MW1EYP/P

13:41z

DM3F/P

14MHz

CW

 

MW1EYP/P

13:42z

OK2PYA/P

14MHz

CW

OK/VY-029

MW1EYP/P

13:46z

LA9DSA/P

14MHz

SSB

LA/HM-223

MW1EYP/P, M0HGY/P

13:57z

OE/S56KVJ/P

14MHz

SSB

OE/ST-302

MW1EYP/P, MW0HGY/P

13:59z

HB9MKV

14MHz

SSB

 

MW0HGY/P

14:00z

EA4AAI

14MHz

SSB

 

MW0HGY/P

14:00z

HB9BHW

14MHz

SSB

 

MW0HGY/P

14:01z

DJ5AV

14MHz

SSB

 

MW0HGY/P

14:01z

HB9DBM

14MHz

SSB

 

MW0HGY/P