SOTA – Mt Samaria

Mt Samaria VK3/VE-157 957* metres ASL,  Mt Samaria State Forest Park

Tuesday 23 December 2014, I’m driving back to Canberra after a family birthday combined with a Christmas gathering in Melbourne.  Before heading down to Melbourne, I contacted Warren VK3BYD to find out details on the road conditions along Williams and Mount Samaria Road.  Mt Samaria is accessible from the Midland Highway between Bonnie Doon and Benalla.  Heading north along the Midland Highway and shortly after Lake Nillahcootie turn right into Williams Road, continue along Williams Road to Mount Samaria Road. Turn right into Mount Samaria Road.  The road is gravel and rough in parts.  See Glenn’s VK3YY SOTA blog for his trip report.

Mount Samaria State Park has two summits, Mount Samaria and an unnamed peak VK3/VE-140.  I didn’t have time to explore the second summit.

Previous activators: VK3FMDV, VK3KS (VK3BYD), VK3KAB and VK3YY.   I suspect in time Mt Samaria will become a popular summit given the proximity to Mansfield and Mount Buller Road.

Map of Mount Samaria State Park and nearby feature Lake Nillahcootie

Mt Samaria State Forest

Mt Samaria State Forest

A relatively easy climb through an open eucalyptus forest, ascent is 133 metres over 1.3 km taking 22 minutes

*The SOTA reference site has an error for the summit height.  The peak is close to 953 metres not 903 metres as shown on the screen shot, might be a typo please add 50 metres.  My Garmin 6S GPS reported 957 metres ASL.

Mount Samaria Summit reference page

Mount Samaria Summit reference page

Mt Samaria GPS track log

Mt Samaria GPS track log. Oops forgot to turn the GPS unit on at the start of the ascent. Add another 20 metres 🙂

Mt Samaria track profile

Mt Samaria track profile – false top at 900 metres

Turn right into Mount Samaria Road

Intersection of Williams Road and Mt Samaria Road

Intersection of Williams Road and Mt Samaria Road

A little tight for parking

Car parked on Samaria Road

Car parked on Samaria Road

Start of the trail

Start of the trail at 830 metres ASL

Don’t be fooled not there yet. A false peak at 900 metres into the walk, 300 metres to the trig.

false peak

false peak at 900 metres

Mt Samria trig

Mt Samaria trig

Australian Survey Corps Triangulation Station

Australian Survey Corps Triangulation Station marker

VK1NAM SOTA shack on Mt Samria, a very pleasant summit with beautiful views

VK1NAM SOTA shack on Mt Samaria, a very pleasant summit with beautiful views

Spent 30 minutes on the summit working 10, 20 and 40m bands.  Conditions on 10 and 20m were interchangeable.  Started the activation at 00:01 UTC on 10m 28.510 MHz, 10m is open to Melbourne, Sydney and northern NSW.  Chasers on 10m were Cliff VK2CCJ, Paul VK2KTT and Bernard VK3AV.

On 40m chasers were Col VK3LED, Tony VK3CAT/M, Ron VK3FRDS, Rob VK3EK, Nev VK5WG, Peter VK3FPSR, Ron VK3AFW, John VK2YW and Fred VK3DAC.

On 20m 14.310 MHz the band was open to Sydney, Tasmania and South Australia.  Chasers were Gerard VK2IO solid 59 from Sydney, Tom VK5EE, Gary VK7JGD, Tony VK7LTD and Nev VK5WG.

A very pleasant time on Mt Samaria, a repeat summit for 2015, must get around to climbing VK3/VE-140 on the next trip to Melbourne.  Thanks chasers that was fun.  😉

view north-west

a beautiful day – view north-west

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