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Stingwern Hill MW-030

 

Stingwern Hill, GW/MW-030 - 341m ASL - SJ 173 260 - OS Explorer 215 - 1 SOTA point        Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Friday 19th July 2019 - Stingwern Hill GW/MW-030, Y Golfa GW/NW-061, Long Mountain-Beacon Ring GW/MW-026 & Heath Mynd G/WB-007

Gig:  Joe Longthorne

Venue:  Brook Street Community Centre, Tipton

I always like to have a nice day out on the summits on my birthday.  With Marianne and Liam having a lie-in and Jimmy at work, the small matter of a gig in the West Midlands didn't need to alter anything.  Especially not after I found myself wide awake at 0540 BST!  It was time to get on the road!

I put the gig venue as the destination in my satnav, with the parking spots for the four summits as waypoints.  But the first waypoint was the Lazy Kettle truckers cafe near Oswestry where I really fancied another crack at the pancakes for my birthday breakfast!

Pancake breakfast at the Lazy Kettle  Summit of Stingwern Hill  Tom M1EYP

Amazingly, it was six years since I last visited any of these summits, time that has absolutely flown by and seen several significant changes in my life!  I parked on the minor road immediately below the summit.  There is space for one car on a bit of grass verge between two farm gates.  Nearly opposite this is the "secret stile" - a metre or so of unbarbed wire in an otherwise barbed wire fence under some trees.

It's a steep climb to the summit from here, but very short and it takes less than five minutes.  An athlete could no doubt do it in less than a minute!  As I was hoping to get four summits activated before my gig, 2m FM from the handheld was the preferred option.  On this first summit of the day, that was also a sufficient option, and four contacts were achieved fairly easily.  I descended and drove over towards Y Golfa GW/NW-061.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

08:58z

G3SMT

144MHz

FM

08:58z

G8DIR

144MHz

FM

09:00z

G4DQB/M

144MHz

FM

09:03z

GW6CWD

144MHz

FM

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