Almost Teutonia (W6/CD-013) and definitely Mojave National Preserve (PV13)

NPOTA Entity: Mojave National Preserve  PV13 SOTA summit: W6/CD-013 Activation Date: Jan 18, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Hike in: Yes Solo hike: Yes ATT Coverage: Marginal Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 I missed a beautiful sunrise at Zabriskie Point the day before by about fifteen minutes and as I headed south I was convinced today’s clouds would yield an equally beautiful scene.  But today … More Almost Teutonia (W6/CD-013) and definitely Mojave National Preserve (PV13)

Dante’s Benchmark (W6/ND-144) in Death Valley (NP15)

NPOTA Entity: Death Valley National Park  NP15 SOTA summit: W6/ND-144 Activation Date: Jan 16, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Hike in: Yes Solo hike: No ATT Coverage: Great with limitations (see text) Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Access: Drive 15+ from Furnace Creek to Dante’s View along a paved road.  Hike 1.3 mile roundtrip and 400′ of ascent up to ~5,700′, walk on exposed trail … More Dante’s Benchmark (W6/ND-144) in Death Valley (NP15)

White Top Mountain (W6/ND-053) in Death Valley (NP15)

NPOTA Entity: Death Valley National Park  NP15 SOTA summit: W6/ND-053 Activation Date: Jan 15, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Hike in: Yes ATT Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Access: Drive 35+ miles on dirt roads along Racetrack and east at Teakettle Junction.  Hike 2.6 mile roundtrip and 1,000′ of ascent up to 7,607′, walk on exposed trail to exposed summit. … More White Top Mountain (W6/ND-053) in Death Valley (NP15)

Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree NP (NPOTA NP32 and SOTA W6/CD-016), Jan 8, 2016

NPOTA Entity: NP32 SOTA summit: W6/CD-016 Activation Date: Jan 8, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Hike in: Yes ATT Coverage: Great Access: Park at 34.002714, -116.136151 Hike on Ryan Mountain Trail  3 mile roundtrip and 1,000′ of ascent up to 5,500′, walk on exposed trail to exposed summit. Looking east the landscape is emptiness itself. A plane runs into the distance and ends … More Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree NP (NPOTA NP32 and SOTA W6/CD-016), Jan 8, 2016

Golden Gate Recreation Area just before dawn – activating NPOTA RC11

NPOTA Entity: RC11 Activation Date: Jan 2, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Hike in: Yes ATT Coverage: Goodish Access: Park at 37.833849, -122.494465. Hike on Coastal Trail  ~1 mile roundtrip and ~400′ of ascent up to 930′, walk on exposed trail to summit. The Golden Gate Recreation Area (RC11) wraps around San Francisco with sizable chunks north in Marin County, … More Golden Gate Recreation Area just before dawn – activating NPOTA RC11