Saturday 26 September 2015. Proposed SOTA activations to gain the 1000 point SOTA Mountain Goat Award.
- Mt Gingera VK1/AC-002 1845 metres ASL – 10 points.
- Mt Ginger Ale VK1/AC-007 1770 metres ASL – 8 points, last activated in 2013. This activation will be the 3rd activation in 2.5 years. Previous activators Wayne VK3WAM and myself.
- Mt Ginini VK1/AC-008 1760 metres ASL – 8 points.
My current SOTA activator score is 991 which means I need a further 9 points to claim the SOTA Mountain Goat Award. Fortunately as luck would have it, the ACT western border with NSW is free of snow therefore Mt Ginini, Mt Gingera and Mt Ginger Ale are accessible from Mt Ginini car park, albeit with some distance to walk.
Mt Gingera VK1/AC-002 is my favourite ACT summit with commanding views of the ACT Namadgi National Park and the Bimberi Wilderness Nature Reserve. For SOTA purposes the summit is a 10 point peak and winter bonus points apply. 😉
Al VK1RX has volunteered to join me for a 3 SOTA peak weekend starting early Saturday morning with a 7km walk/ascent to Mt Gingera summit at 1845 metres ASL where I hope to gain the 1000th activator point. After activating Mt Gingera we return to Mt Franklin Road fire trail then pick up the pace for a 5 km walk to Black Fellows Gap where we will set up an overnight camp. Late Saturday afternoon we plan to activate Mt Ginger Ale 1770 metres ASL, a 270 metre ascent 1.5 km west of Black Fellows Gap. The activation of Mt Ginger Ale will second as a VKFF Parks activation for the Bimberi Wilderness Nature Reserve VKFF-983, a recent addition to the VKFF Award program by Paul VK5PAS.
For the latest on VK1 VKFF nature reserves visit Ian VK1DI’s blog at http://vk1di.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/new-wwff-parks-added-to-australian.html
After an overnight stay at Black Fellows Gap, Sunday morning will be occupied by a 12 km up hill walk back to Mt Ginini car park for lunch followed by short 30 minute activation of Mt Ginini summit. Total activator points on offer 35 while the return walk will be 24 km 🙂
Radio equipment: HT Yaesu FT60R, Yaesu FT817, antennas 2m SlimJim and a HF link dipole for 6/10/20/40m, batteries three 3S 2.2 Ah LiPo, antenna support 10 metre DX-Wire telescopic pole. Throughout Saturday and Sunday Al and I will monitor Mt Ginini 2m repeater 146.950 MHz.
Post update: My backpack weight is 22kg.
Below, two Oz Topo maps with the planned routes overlayed. I wonder what drink the original surveyors had in their backpack?
Photos from previous activations
Summit of Mt Gingera
View south-west to Mt Ginger Ale
Mt Ginger Ale