Scrambling in Olympic National Park

NPOTA Entity: Olympic National Park NP44

SOTA summit: Mt Angeles  W7W/NO-045 

Activation Date: Sept 30, 2016

Portable operation: Yes

Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts

Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-10m

Bands used: 20m and 40m

Furthest QSO: ~2,200 miles with Luther N4DA in Georgia

Hike in: Yes, ~3.6 miles round trip and 2,000 ft of ascent to a peak at ~6.500ft 

Solo operation: No, with Guy (N7UN/NS0TA)

Recommend: Yes

ATT Coverage: Excellent

Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016


I am a grasshopper.

I’m descending the mountain on all fours facing the sky. I try hard not to slide down the mountain and sometimes end up gliding down on my rear end. This was all inevitable given the trail ended far below and we scrambled up a sixty degree face for the last three hundred feet of vertical ascent. Someone has left cairns/ducks to guide us over the best route and I’m mindful of our retreat so I occasionally add to the inventory.  Its essential  to retrace our steps to avoid some nasty surprise or calamity.


Last 300 ft vertical ascent was like this…Guy, N7UN

Cresting the peak earlier we had been awed by the views and subdued by the exposure and seeming lack of a place to deploy our mast. A saddle to a clump of rocks beckons and our temporary home is found and occupied.

Looking north toward Victoria, British Columbia (Canada)

We share a station which has benefits including an opportunity to fully appreciate this location while Guy operates. Looking north across the water I think I can see Victoria in British Columbia and some of the San Juan Islands we will visit soon. Here I am in the Olympic National Park, one of the wettest place in the US boasting a tropical rain forrest that gets one hundred and fifty inches of rain annually and the skies are blue above me. Tick, something else marked of my list of things to do. Life feels great.

Mt Angeles in Olympic National Park, Washington State


View coming up the mountain
Roughly 4 miles round trip and 2,000 ft ascent


We move pretty fast!!
My furthest voice contact was 2,200 mile to Georgia


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