10th December 2004
GM/WS-058 - Stob Ban - 999m - NN148654 - 6 points
QSOs: 40m CW - 4
Decided to take the North Ridge for the first time and it turns out to be a thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing route. From the car park I aimed for the right hand side of the craggy ground and soon ran into a path that leads faithfully through the steep ground to the shoulder. A gentle ridge walk with fine views & situations leads to a steep scrambly ascent of Pt 911 and then across to Stob Ban itself.
The weather wasn't as good as I had hoped; gradually clearing but still pretty wild on the summit. I was glad both of a sheltered notch in the summit rocks to hide in and 4 rapid QSOs on 40m. CQs on 2m yield nothing so I packed up and headed down the east ridge to descend via Coire Mhusgain, the lower section as boggy as ever, doubly so in the dark!
I was calling CQ on 7031 at about 1455z and EI7CC blasted in strong as ever followed by M0AHT (nr Durham), G3LAS (Ware) & DL8MLD (nr Hannover). FOF2 was 6.8MHz at time of activation and stations worked were between 197m & 725m distant. 2.5W into a dipole on the walking poles throughout.