In celebration of Winter Field Day, Stephen KJ5HY and I took a hike up to the second-highest mountain in the Catskills. I’ll share the beta and some promotions down below.
Hunter Mountain in the Winter
The Summit: Hunter Mountain
Hunter Mountain is an 10-point summit in the Catskills Park, close to Kaaterskill HP, of which I’m very fond, and right above the Hunter Mountain Ski Area. While we did see a lot of backcountry skiiers, we decided just to spike-hike it. Probably because we didn’t have backcountry skiis either.
Here’s a good travel guide. We chose the harder of the two routes and paid for it sorely. I would recommend crampons or ice axes or snowshoes but it’s a slog either way - there was snow up to our waist.
Typical gear list. I got set up quickly despite the cold.
- The N2WU Case-X2
- N2WU Key
- N2WU Mast
- 41/25 foot random wire
- CW Notebook and pen
- APRS-Enabled TM-D72A
- Kahtoola Microspikes
- Every warm layer I could possibly find
Total weight - 10-15 lbs.
Rough way up. Enjoy this spotlight of the Colonel’s Chair: Colonel’s Chair Marker with the COL!
I put an early SOTA Alert for about 2hr 30 mins up. We were incredibly late due to the waist-high snow.
We got plenty of contacts thanks to winter field day. Worldwide!
|WC0Y||20M CW||1722||Arkansas S2S|
|KU4R||20M CW||1722||North Carolina|
Spotlight: WFD for Hudson River Radio relay
This activation was a spotlight for Hudson River Radio Relay occurring in June. I made a quick video showing some of the contacts:
Winter Field day was a cold and rough outing. After a rendezvous at nearby Mama’s Boy Burgers, we quickly recovered for the rest of the day.