We Just conducted an activation of W7/CK-175, this is not the first activation. We departed the parking area at 2:00PM and has no idea how long this hike would take, or what we would encounter along the way. The parking area is at an elevation of 2415 ft. AMSL (Above Sea Level) and the Summit elevation of 4051 AMSL, so I know that we could anticipate a vertical climb of 1636 ft. We found that once we hit the first summit at 3607 Ft. we would descend into a saddle that was 300 ft, and then back up the other side to the Frenchman Summit W7/CK-175 at 4051 ft. making the total vertical, including the return (back up the saddle) hike a total of 2,220 ft. The sears tower is about 1451 ft, the One World Trade Center (previously known as the Freedom Tower) will be 1776 ft. when completed.
Bill Says: After taking 2 weeks off of SOTA activations, this was a big challenge. I would put this up there with one of the most demanding hikes in my entire life. I had commented to Michele that my body has not felt this beat-up since I was in Basic training back in 1976. Each one of these summits has a point value, and this was only a point, later this summer we will hike Mt. Charleston (Charleston Peak W7/CK-001) with an elevation of 11,915 ft. AMSL that is 10 Points, and I am sure WILL NOT be as difficult, due to the fact that it’s a 5-6 hour climb that is not as vertical.
Michele Says:All I can say is “WOW”, this is a very steep mountain and a long hike.
It took us over four hours. It was tough, plus we were going against very
strong winds. But as always, it was fun and we made it to the peak!!
Thank to the following Hams for assisting with contacts.
KF7BCG (Rick Schafer)
KF7PSM (Peter Filiberti)
N7YOR (Steve Hernandez)
KC7CIB (Lance Sundin)