This summit was activated by myself, accompanied by Jimmy and Liam on 30th January 2005.
My Foel Goch Nightmare:
There I was, sitting on a freezing cold damp summit of Foel Goch GW/NW-039. One hour, two contacts. Jimmy and Liam were fed up and decided to leave without me. I had to admit failure of the activation, and pack up as quickly as I could to catch up with them. Which I didn't. All the way down to the car, and no sign of them. I thought I would remove some weight from my pack before going to look for them, and found that I had left my FT-817 and digital camera on the summit. The car looked at bit iffy on the wet mud, so I thought I'd just reposition it, only to find that like Roger MW0IDX's car recently, it was well and truly stuck. And no Rick GW0VMW to provide a shoulder to imprint on the car, just Jimmy and Liam's if I could find them. What a nightmare. And indeed, that's exactly what it was, as I discovered to my relief as the alarm went off at 6.00am on Sunday morning.
Good grief, I'm even dreaming about SOTA now... I blame
Roger for the recent warning about the parking spot, and
Mark for the less recent discovery of radio-related "summit
debris" on NW-039 - these matters must have been playing on
my subconscious mind, which saw fit to draw the threads
together and scare me out of my wits.
I don't know where all this talk of electric fences and the
like comes from (apart from the fact that there is an
electric fence), since good concessionary paths lead all the
way to the summit (not shown on OS maps). I can imagine
that walkers are tempted on several occasions to head
upwards, keeping to the crest of the ridge, which does
indeed appear to be well-trodden. The tractor track
meanders up the hill with a couple of wide zigzags, offering
a better underfoot surface, and a kinder gradient (not to be
confused with a Kinder gradient). Better still, it leads
one directly to a GATE which OPENS. This then opens up a
few minutes horizontal walking around the lip of Cwm-llan,
which was obscured by cloud on the ascent, but clear on the
descent. Jimmy and Liam started asking me questions about
the topography here, noting with interest the high U-shaped
bowl that contains Cwm-llan. I bluffed a little about
glaciers and cwm being welsh for corrie or tarn or
something, and tried to change the subject remembering that
I failed my O-level Geography, and that it was not the most
opportune moment for the teacher hat to be on.
Thanks to the following stations, all worked on 2m FM using 2.5 watts, except the first contact on 0.5 watts: