After our Wednesay 11th April 2007 descent of Foel Goch
GW/NW-039, it was nearly five o'clock local by the time we had reached the
car, and would normally have seen an end of the day's activities. But we were
booked in a local Travelodge, and the time was our own. Jimmy was allowed to
navigate to get us across to Moelfre Hall, our preferred start point for Gyrn
Moelfre GW/NW-049. The route was tortuous, high, winding, poorly signed, seemed
to go on forever, bore no resemblence to the map, mileages all wrong etc. "This
road seems to be going a lot further and in different directions to the map"
remarked Jimmy. "Welcome to Wales son" I replied.
The walk up the steep channel was again sluggish with Liam, but not as bad as Foel Goch earlier. Again, Jimmy had skipped off ahead. To save time messing with guys, we mounted the upside-down walking pole in the wire fence, and then added the WASP and SOTA Beam on top of it for a quick and easy set-up. "There'll probably be no-one around with it being so late" remarked Jimmy. "The opposite" I replied, "There will be evening nets all over the place, and we have the best take-off towards Merseyside, Manchester and Cheshire we have had all day". It was indeed an easy activation, 9 contacts in 17 minutes, with at least 8 from known SOTA chasers. Many thanks to the following stations, all worked on 2m FM with 2.5 watts:
I was now very tired, as were the boys. Every time I planted my foot down on
the descent, my entire leg shuddered in exhaustion, making this a rather
unpleasant descent. On the lower reaches, the light began to fade quickly. Use
of headtorches was avoided, but full darkness did fall as we finished packing
rucksacks away into the car boot at 9pm local.