Individual Operating Stories

John Bell and I hiked Lady Peak to activate the summit in the SOTA program. We successfully completed the first activation of the summit. It was a good challenge and though the clouds blocked any views it allowed us to concentrate on making contacts.

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It was a long hot hike from the Cypress Bowl parking lot to St. Marks Summit. Ralph, John Bell and Eric made the trek to activate the summit in the SOTA program. The hike is very popular with likely a few hundred on the route the day we completed it. The initial section of trail is very very...

It had been 14 years since I last hiked the Chief, so I felt it was time to try for the third summit and activate it in the SOTA program. The ascent was steep like I remembered it, a bit more groomed at the start but still very grueling. The third summit is a broad granite expanse with pockets...

Ralph and Eric hiked to the summit of McKee PEak to activate it for the SOTA program. The hike went smoothly and we made descent time along the 3km trail to the top. On the summit is a radio tower which meant we had to choose a location just south of the summit. We found a small grassy area next...

It was a lovely day for a hike and so I had to get out and climb a summit. Being on my own it needed to be a fairly simple adventure and Dewdney Peak fit the bill. I got the gear and truck ready and set off for the summit. The drive went smoothly and the hike to the summit quite quickly. At the...

I was off to a late start for SOTA activations this year. I did get a couple easy summits while in the Victoria area but today was the first trip in the valley. It felt good getting out on the trail and hiking to the lookout on Sumas. At the summit I set up my 4 element Arrow yagi and connected...

I was in Victoria for a few days and was able to take time to activate two summits. The first was Observatory Hill CL-023 then the next day it was Mount Douglas.

It was my first attempt on Observatory and I was able to log 3 2m contacts. Though I heard a lot of static I was only able to...

It was a perfect fall day for hiking and activating a summit in the SOTA program. Ralph and Eric decided to hike Vedder as it was a fairly easy hike through the forest on a well marked and maintained trail. The return hike was 10.5Km but it was fairly easy going. There is a small scramble near...

It had been years since I last hiked Seymour, now I know why. It was much harder than I recollected! My wife Carolyn and I hiked tothe summit today and I activated it in the mid-afternoon. I had trouble with my icom handheld when I first got there, it didn't want to transmit. I tried a second...

Ralph and Eric took the day to hike to the summit of Mt. Zoa and activate it in the SOTA program. Mt. Zoa is located in the Coquihalla Summit area and is a popular hike for its amazing views and fairly easy access. As we went mid-week this time we had the mountain to ourselves, even the bears...

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