Home > HF, QRP, SOTA > My Second SOTA Activation- Mt Marlow VK4/NH-154

My Second SOTA Activation- Mt Marlow VK4/NH-154

I thought Mt Marlow would be a really easy hike, but it turned out to be moderately difficult given my present lack of fitness. I started at the Pallareda at the beachside park and walked in to the start of the Many Peaks track. This track is 5.7km long. My return journey was down to the  south and back along the lagoon track. I left the beach at 1130 and arrived at the peak at about 1240. I departed the hill top at 1700 and arrived back at the beach after 1840 in the dark. I am a local and I got caught out so , visitors from overseas should be warned about how quickly the sun sets at these latitudes.

I worked quite a few stations on SSB and two on 40m CW for a successful SOTA activation

 

Track Details below-

 

Distance: 5.7 km one-way
Time: allow 3 hrs walking time (one-way)

Starting at the western end, or 450 m along the eastern end of the Lagoon trail, this challenging walk across Many Peaks Range leads to the summit of Mount Marlow, before descending through vine thickets and woodland towards the wetlands below. The walk has spectacular views over the Town Common wetlands and along the coastline from the Palm Islands in the north to Cape Cleveland in the south. Some sections of the trail are very steep and there are many steps. In some areas the trail can be indistinct and walkers must follow the orange trail markers. Walkers may return on the same trail or via the Lagoon trail.

 

Distance: 4.6 km one-way
Time: allow 2 hrs walking time (one-way)

Walkers and mountain bike riders share this trail.

Starting at the intersection of Freshwater and Shelly Beach trails or opposite Walter Nesbit Park at the end of Cape Pallarenda Road, this trail follows the edge of Freshwater Lagoon at the southern base of Many Peaks Range. The trail can become boggy after wet weather. Trail users can return the way they came or can walk the Many Peaks track or ride the Under the Radar trail to complete a loop.

 

IMG_0106

The start of the trail at Pallarenda

IMG_0104

Signage at start

IMG_0109

Going right is the moderately difficult track. I used this one on the way up. If you prefer you can walk on flat ground to the southern end of the mountain and take an easier route up

IMG_0110

Start of the Many Peaks Track

IMG_0114

Pretty easy going at first

IMG_0115

A great deal of the track is like this only more boulders and rubble underfoot. It is well shaded most of the way.

IMG_0111

IPS Antennas?

 

 

IMG_0108

Kapok in flower

 

IMG_0116

Shady steps early on in the track

IMG_0117

Kapok trees and a view of the wetlands

IMG_0119

Tis is why I do SOTA. What a view

IMG_0120

Wetlands

IMG_0121

View of Castle Hill VK/NH-136

IMG_0123

Getting higher and the views is still great

IMG_0128

A great place for a rest

IMG_0130

Fire in the distance and the 6 point summit of South Pinnacle – next week’s SOTA for me

IMG_0131

Beginning to open up

IMG_0132

The summit is ahead

IMG_0133

The quick way up and down is this way

IMG_0134

Swainsona sp.?

IMG_0135

The Trig

IMG_0138

This is the real name of the summit

IMG_0141

My operating position. Dipole slug from trig

IMG_0142

Shack with a view, but no shade.

IMG_0144

My APRS via iPhone

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements
Categories: HF, QRP, SOTA
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: