Sandymount

With the annual NZART conference being in Mosgeil this year, of course it was yet another perfect opportunity to activate a couple of untouched Otago Summits before we jumped on our plane and headed home. The SOTA presentation at conference was well received and hopefully it may encourage some new SOTAteers in the future. Monday morning bright and early to rendezvous with Kyle ZL2KGF and … Continue reading Sandymount

Town Hill – Gisborne ZL1/GI-155

Gisborne’s closest and publicly accessible summit is Town Hill. For my annual training trip to Gisborne I thought I would add this one to my list. The weather looked sketchy but I figured I would risk it. Half way up dark clouds gathered on the horizon. However I still favoured pushing on – what is a little rain anyway right? Fortunately the rain left me … Continue reading Town Hill – Gisborne ZL1/GI-155

Tamahunga or “Volcanic Son”

Earlier this year we had made a disappointing effort to conquer this summit, however due to rain setting in we had turned back about half way.   The night before had brought heavy consistent rain to the area and the track was becoming boggy underfoot, so with safety in mind we had abandoned ship.   On Anzac day without the usual work obligations stopping a mid week … Continue reading Tamahunga or “Volcanic Son”

ZL1/HB-131 – ZL2GR’s personal summit

After a week of teaching I had a SOTA Saturday where I had arranged in advance to visit 2 summits in Central Hawkes Bay. This, the first of the two summits, is actually ham land. ZL2GR Gerard owns a farm near Omakere in Central Hawkes Bay that just happens to contain a summit. With some pre-warning, Gerard was able to take me up his summit, … Continue reading ZL1/HB-131 – ZL2GR’s personal summit

Springbrook Summit – the easiest 8 pointer around.

After fare-welling sunny Norfolk Island it was back to the tropical heat of Brisbane again and on up to Springbrook.    Just quietly Warren hadn’t done his research to what was in the area other than the summit and accommodation for our two nights there and so we had to make a trip back to civilization to get dinner.  On that note, if you are … Continue reading Springbrook Summit – the easiest 8 pointer around.

Norfolk’s lone summit – Mt Bates

So recently we made a trip to Norfolk.  Yeah we have heard it all before, why Norfolk? …..You know that is where the oldies go right?  Well that suited us just fine, the slower pace the quieter life and while that certainly was reflected on the Island there is more to do than you think, yes, including a lone summit for activation.   It is virtually … Continue reading Norfolk’s lone summit – Mt Bates