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Claife Heights 2009

 

Liam and I had enjoyed an excellent night's sleep in the full dormitory at High Close Youth Hostel. Jimmy grumbled that he hadn't as he awoke on Saturday 18th April 2009 - but I knew full well that he would still be setting the pace all day regardless.

Start of the route in Sawrey    Lovely views again this morning

We drove out of the hostel on another warm and sunny day, and I relaxed into my drive, trusting and allowing the JimNav to instruct my every move. He led me to a small church car park in Sawrey, at SD379954, and the requested 2 was deposited in the honesty box.

Tom & Liam head up the track towards Claife Heights        Jimmy M3EYP closing in on the summit

The sweeping bridleway track was followed gently uphill, before a left turn took us contouring into the woods. This was very pleasant and easy woodland walking, and I was really enjoying it. Another left turn at SD383973 finally had us climbing a little more steeply, while a final left turn was actually marked 'To the viewpoint'.

Liam attains the summit    Jimmy attains the summit

And what a viewpoint it was. Wonderful views in lovely weather, over Lake Windermere, from this super vantage point, high up on, but relatively close to its west bank. Liam hunkered down beneath the trig point, and soon had his charged-up Nintendo DS out of his rucksack to resume his virtual campaign.

Tom attains the summit    Jimmy M3EYP operating on 2m FM with the RSS

Jimmy propped up his rucksack on some rocks to set the RSS antenna in an almost vertical position, and I set up the Magic Moggy 20m aerial again. We didn't hang around too long, and we weren't faced with enormous pile-ups. Jimmy worked six stations on 2m FM, while I made one less on 20m CW, with SP, HA, 9A, OE and S5 in the log.

Tom M1EYP operating on 20m CW    Liam operating on his Nintendo DS!

After descending, the temptation of rest and refreshment in the bar of the Sawrey Hotel proved too much to resist, and the Jennings Cumberland was a perfect antidote to the heat of the day. Before too long though, we were on the road again, and heading for Top o' Selside G/LD-048.  Many thanks to the following stations:

G4BLH 2m FM J
G1OHH 2m FM J
G1KLZ 2m FM J
G1CCL 2m FM J
G4USW 2m FM J
SP8BAB 20m CW T
HA3HK 20m CW T
9A7W 20m CW T
M3CWC 2m FM J
OE8SPW 20m CW T
S51ZG 20m CW T