Mount Gingera – Old SOTA Mountain Goat

I have been working on this post for a few months, sorry I am really late in publishing this post, I have been having way too much fun operating radios from mountain peaks for the SOTA 6 & 10m Challenge  😉

Saturday 26 September 2015. I have been planning this day for about 6 weeks, the weather is fine and yes for a SOTA activator it’s an exciting day to take a crack at 1000 activator points for the SOTA Mountain Goat Award!  Today Al VK1RX and I will attempt activations of Mt Gingera VK1/AC-002 1855 metres ASL and Mt Ginger Ale VK1/AC-007 1770 metres ASL both on the western ACT/NSW border.   Summit points are 10 and 8 points respectively plus both peaks qualify for the winter bonus.  My SOTA activator score is 991, I need 9 points to achieve SOTA Mountain Goat status.  In 2013 Al missed out on a chance to activate Mt Ginger Ale, today’s activation will be Al’s first and a new unique to add to his list of VK1 peaks

The plan for this adventure is to hike from Mt Ginini car park to Mt Gingera which involves a 5.7 km walk along Mt Franklin Road then 1.3 km off road along a steep narrow footpad trail to the summit of Mt Gingera.   After a successful activation of Mt Gingera return to Mt Franklin Road and pick up the pace for a 5 km walk to Black Fellows Gap.  At Black Fellows Gap spend a hour setting up our overnight camp, followed by a scrub bash ascent to the summit of Mt Ginger Ale, 274 vertical metres over 1.6 km.  Mt Gingera and Mt Gingera Ale are within the Bimberi Wilderness Nature Reserve.   Descend Mt Ginger Ale allowing 40 minutes to return to our camp NLT 18:00 with sufficient daylight to prepare a meal.  Sunday morning depart Black Fellows Camp at 07:30 for the return journey to Mt Ginini car park a 12 km uphill hike.  En route take a break at Priors Hut before completing the final 5 km push.  Once at Mt Ginini summit have lunch followed by a 30 to 40 minute SOTA activation on 40m and 2m.  All going well we should be back in Canberra by 1700 hours (5 pm) or thereabouts.   Our packs weigh in at 23 kg each, including 4 litres of water which will be resupplied from creeks flowing from underground water tables within Mt Gingera.

Camping permits for the Bimberi Wilderness Area and the ACT Water Catchment area are issued by the Namadgi Visitor Centre at Tharwa.  The staff at Namadgi Visitor Centre are terrific and always happy to help.

Radio Equipment: Yaesu FT-817ND, three 3S 2.2 Ah 12 volt LiPo batteries, 2m Slim Jim, HF linked dipole for 6/10/20/40m and a 10m DX-Wire telescopic pole.  Yeasu FT-60R dual band HT and a spare battery.

Mt Ginini to Mt Gingera via Mt Franklin Road and Priors Hut

Mt Gingera GPS track log

Mt Ginini to Mt Gingera GPS track log. 7.4 km taking 2 hours

Mt Ginger track profile

Mt Gingera track profile

Photos: © Copyright 2016 Andrew VK1AD

short break at Priors Hut - backpacks weigh-in at 23 kg each

short break at Priors Hut – backpacks weigh-in at 23 kg each.  Photo by Al VK1RX

Blue Rock - navigation marker to Mt Gingera summit

Blue Rock – navigation marker to Mt Gingera summit. 1.3 km to the summit rising 188 metres.

At Mt Gingera summit, 4 contacts on 2m 146.5 FM for the SOTA Mountain Goat Award – Rob VK1KW, Matt VK1MA, Adan VK1FJAW and Andrew VK1DA to qualify the summit and Mountain Goat!  🙂      Andrew and Adan are both at Webbs Ridge VK2/ST-005, Brindabella National Park.

VK1NAM - Old SOTA Goat

VK1NAM – The moment on Mt Gingera, after 2 years and 7 months of climbing mountains around the ACT, New South Wales and Victoria, activating hundreds of peaks. I’m now an old SOTA Mountain Goat!   Photo by Al VK1RX

VK1NAM SOTA Activator Log: Mt Gingera 25 September 2015

Time Call Band Mode Notes
23:56z VK1KW 144MHz FM Rob S59 R59
23:57z VK1MA 144MHz FM Matt S59 R59
23:58z VK1FJAW/2 144MHz FM Adan S2S VK2/ST-005 S59 R59
23:59z VK1DA/2 144MHz FM Andrew S2S VK2/ST-005 S59 R59

Post UTC activator log

Time Call Band Mode Notes
00:01z VK1JA 144MHz FM Jason S59 R59
00:01z VK1DI 144MHz FM Ian S59 R59
00:04z VK1MA 144MHz FM Matt S59 R59
00:07z VK2BJP/3 7MHz SSB Russ S2S VK3/VE-093 S58 R59
00:10z VK2IO/P 7MHz SSB Gerard S2S VK2/SY-001 S58 R59
00:13z VK3FQSO 7MHz SSB Amanda S58 R55
00:14z VK3PF/P 7MHz SSB Peter S2S VK3/VT-026 S57 R58
00:15z VK5FTRG 7MHz SSB Tom S53 R41
00:16z VK2LAX 7MHz SSB Rod S58 R59
00:17z VK5EE 7MHz SSB Tom S58 R55
00:17z VK2NP 7MHz SSB Cliff S59 R56
00:20z VK3WE 7MHz SSB Rhett S59 R57
00:20z VK3PMG 7MHz SSB Mick S59 R59
00:21z VK3ZPF 7MHz SSB Peter S59 R59
00:22z VK2HV 7MHz SSB Paul S59 R59
00:23z VK3YY/P 7MHz SSB Glenn S2S VK3/VE-067 S59 R59
00:26z VK3LED 7MHz SSB Col S59 R59
00:26z VK2WG 7MHz SSB John S58 R54
00:28z VK3DAC 7MHz SSB Fred S59 R57
00:28z VK3YAR 7MHz SSB Ray S59 R57
00:30z VK2XXM 7MHz SSB Robert S59 R51
00:32z VK3FLCS 7MHz SSB Brett S58 R46
00:33z VK2TWR/P 7MHz SSB Rod S2S VK2/SM-067 S58 R56
00:40z VK2HRX/P 7MHz SSB Compton S2S VK2/CT-043 S58 R58
00:43z VK1DA/2 144MHz FM Andrew S2S VK2/ST-005 S55 R55
00:44z VK1FJAW/2 144MHz FM Adan S2S VK2/ST-005 S55 R55
00:51z VK1EM 14MHz SSB Mark S58 R54
00:53z VK6NU/P 14MHz SSB John S2S VK6/SW-036 S51 R51
Mt Gingera Trig

Mt Gingera Trig @ 1850 metres ASL supporting a linked dipole

View south, in the foreground Mt Ginger Ale our next summit

View south looking Mt Ginger Ale VK1/AC-007

View south Mt Ginger Ale VK1/AC-007 @ 1750 metres ASL

2nd Navigation Leg: Blue Rock Post to Black Fellows Gap

Blue Rock to Black Fellows Gap

Blue Rock Post to Black Fellows Gap 5km along Mt Franklin Road fire trail.  WP3 will serve as our water resupply.

Saturday afternoon at Black Fellows Gap

We set up camp at Black Fellows Gap, 50 metres off to the western side of Mt Franklin Road fire trail.  Black Fellows Gap is a saddle (landform) feature between Mt Gingera and Mt Ginger Ale.

Camp at Black Fellows Gap

Camp at Black Fellows Gap – Sleeping in a tent on a slope is always fun!

Ascent to Mt Ginger Ale.  A new summit for Al VK1RX

Mt Ginger Ale GPS track log

Mt Ginger Ale GPS track log 1.6 km taking 1 hour.  40 minutes for the descent.

Mt Ginger Ale track profile

Mt Ginger Ale track profile

At the summit of Mt Ginger Ale, Al operating the FT-817 for a new unique summit. Congratulations Al!

Mt Ginger Ale summit

Mt Ginger Ale windblown summit.  Antennas 2m SlimJim below a 40m inverted V dipole

VK1NAM SOTA Activator’s Log – Mt Ginger Ale 26 September 2015

Time Call Band Mode Notes
05:42z VK3FQSO 7MHz SSB Amanda S58 R54
05:43z VK3FPSR 7MHz SSB Peter S58 R55
05:44z VK5PAS 7MHz SSB Paul S59 R55
05:45z VK3DBP 7MHz SSB Paul S59 R57
05:48z VK1MA 7MHz SSB Matt S59 R58
05:48z VK3PMG 7MHz SSB Mick S58 R58
05:49z VK3DAC 7MHz SSB Fred S59 R57
05:49z VK3YAR 7MHz SSB Ray S51 R33
05:50z VK1EM 7MHz SSB Mark S59 R53
05:50z VK3TKK 7MHz SSB Peter S58 R59
05:54z VK2IO/P 7MHz SSB Gerard S2S VK2/SY-001 S58 R59
06:04z VK1DA/2 7MHz SSB Andrew S2S VK2/ST-008 S52 R55
06:04z VK1FJAW/2 7MHz SSB Adan S2S VK2/ST-008 S52 R55

Saturday evening at Black Fellows Gap

Sunday morning

Saturday evening at Black Fellows Gap.  Al and I are camping in an area frequented by wild pigs!?  The metal cage is a pig trap which serves as a convenient platform to prepare dinner.  😉

Saturday evening dinner Beef Stroganoff

Dinner – freeze dried Beef Stroganoff, yum!

2nd Pig Trap

Large Pig Trap maintained by ACT Parks

Large Pig Trap maintained by ACT Parks

Sunday morning breakfast

Al making toast

Sunday morning breakfast – Al making toast washed down with a very hot cup of tea!

resupply water from a flowing creek

stopped to resupply water from a flowing creek (marked on the map as WP3)

VK1NAM

VK1NAM – 4 litres of water.  Photo by Al VK1RX

water purification tablets

water purification tablets

VK1NAM taking a break at Priors Hut - 5km to Mt Ginini

Return hike to Mt Ginini VK1NAM taking a break at Priors Hut.  Photo by Al VK1RX

Sunday afternoon back at Mt Ginini – 3 summits and 24 km waking  🙂

Mt Ginini summit

At Mt Ginini, Al VK1RX operating the FT-817 QRP rig.

VK1NAM SOTA Activator Log – Mt Ginini 27 September 2015

Time Call Band Mode Notes
03:12z VK1MTS 144MHz FM Roald S55 R55
03:17z VK1XP 144MHz FM Peter S52 R55
03:20z VK2FADV 7MHz SSB Jim S59 R58
03:21z VK5WG 7MHz SSB Nev S59 R53
03:21z VK3LED 7MHz SSB Col S59 R58
03:22z VK3CAT 7MHz SSB Tony S59 R59
03:24z VK1VIC 7MHz SSB Tony S59 R57
03:25z VK3YAR 7MHz SSB Ray S59 R55
03:26z VK7LTD 7MHz SSB Tony S58 R42
03:27z VK5PAS 7MHz SSB Paul S58 R53
03:28z VK3UH 7MHz SSB Ken S59 R59
03:29z VK2LAD 7MHz SSB Steve S59 R57
03:30z VK2YW 7MHz SSB John S59 R59
03:31z VK7EK 7MHz SSB Eric S59 R57
03:32z VK5EE 7MHz SSB Tom S53 R53
03:33z VK3DAC 7MHz SSB Fred S59 R55
03:40z VK3PI/P 7MHz SSB Mark S2S VK3/VN-023 S59 R59
03:45z VK1EM 144MHz FM Mark S55 R53
03:46z VK1KW 144MHz FM Rob S58 R57

Moving on to Wednesday 18 November 2015.  Today, I received the SOTA Mountain Goat Trophy purchased from SOTA MT

SOTA Mountain Goat trophy

VK1NAM SOTA Mountain Goat Trophy

and for a little fun, its buddy the VK1NAM SOTA Sloth Trophy, 60% of my chasers points are from summit to summit S2S contacts

SOTA Sloth Trophy

SOTA Sloth Trophy

Photos: © Copyright 2016 Andrew VK1AD

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One thought on “Mount Gingera – Old SOTA Mountain Goat

  1. Hi Andrew, the post was worth waiting for: what a wonderful adventure! And the Mountain Goat trophy looks great!
    Cheers and congratulations.
    John D
    VK5BJE

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