This summit has been on the to do list for a long time. After dropping the wife and kids in New Plymouth, I picked up Kyle ZL2KGF and we made our way up. We ascended up Waimoku track, and descended down Sefton Ridge. I would recommend going up via Waimoku track as it appeared the better track. Once at the top there were great views of Pouakai and Taranaki. The final climb to the trig is a little steep but no chains are required, just a bit of care. There isnt a great deal of space at the summit however so to use 80 metres involves throwing the dipole over the edge.
I managed to make 8 contacts on the day (including one with Kyle outside of the activation zone so that he could complete the summit). The other contacts were 1 on 14 MHz and 6 on 7 MHz. Allow 2.5 – 3 hours of walking to get to the summit. Taking the alternate track down will provide a nice change of scenery back to the carpark.
Summit – ZL1/TN-006 Patuha
Height – 684 mASL (500 m climb)
Access – End of Lucys Gully (Road) – carpark. Follow Waimoku or Sefton Ridge track to summit.
Coverage – Good coverage to 720 repeater and Spark cell.
Summit Marker – Trig
Land Access Permission – Not required (Conservation land).
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