It was a 6am getaway in order to make the most of the day, Saturday 23rd
August 2008. The car was already packed with the clothes, SOTA gear and
camping gear, and Jimmy, Liam and I were on the road well before 7am.
Surprsingly, neither of the boys wanted to pull in for breakfast at Lymm Truck
Stop, so we pressed on. However, by the time we hit one of the diners early on
the A55, attitudes had modified, so in we went for some rather nice bacon and
scrambled egg wraps and a pot of tea.
We parked by the gate due East of the summit, as we had done four years
earlier. We started to plod up the hill, which seemed like hard work for a
summit that looks so close on the map. However, once that hard work was over and
the land levelled out, there was the summit before us. Jimmy raced to the top,
snapping away with the camera, while Liam and I found a slightly sheltered spot
by some rocks, doing our best to avoid a stiff old breeze, an unwelcome
gatecrasher to the afternoon.
"OK, my turn" I said, "You can try again for your fourth later". Moving on to
7.032MHz CW, I made just four contacts. F6HIA and 9A7W both called me as well,
but deep QSB put paid to both of those, with exchanges incomplete. So four, not
six for me. During this, out of nowhere, a very heavy rain shower kicked in and
completely soaked us. In seconds, our trousers were so wet as to render the
donning of waterproof overtrousers pointless. Jimmy called again on the VX-110
and got another local, so we were done.
We were expecting to be joined by my brother-in-law Campbell and his son
Calum, but there was no sign. We lazed around in the tent looking at maps and
listening to the hammering sound of rain on canvas. Eventually, at 6pm, Jimmy
and Liam's cousing and uncle arrived and pitched in the rain. Nobody fancied
firing up the stoves in this, so we took a drive into Pwllheli for fish & chips.
Meanwhile, a call to the operators of the Bardsey Island ferry revealed that
tomorrow morning's crossing had been cancelled due to the sea being too rough.
Was the weekend going to be a wash-out?