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Spring Benchmark, Idaho | August 2022


This was the first activation of Spring Benchmark.  Prior knowledge would have been helpful, but some early google earth research resulted in a successful ascent/activation.

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2022 W7M 6 by 6 SOTA Rendezvous

Corvallis American Legion Post #91's, amateur radio club KG7SPL, presents the 2022 W7M six by six SOTA Rendezvous, starting at local sunrise (1240 UTC), Saturday, September 17th until local sunset (0102 UTC 9/19) Sunday, September 18th, in the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana.

Six by Six, simply means; climb a 6,000' or higher summitand activate it on 6 meters.

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Quartzite Mountain, WA | August 2022


It's rare to find trails that are as well worn as Quartzite in this area. This trail is basically an urban hill near Chewelah, WA and sees regular use. The first half mile is the steepest, with several forks to switchbacks. All trails lead back to the main trail. In every case, take the less steep fork and avoid creating an erosion a path. The campsite at the one mile point is a good rest stop with summit register. The real summit though (and AZ) is another 1/2 mile. Follow the trail as it traverses two false summits to the actual summit at 1.5 mi in.

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Saving the Waldo Mtn Lookout from the Cedar Fire


The Cedar Creek Fire is threatening the Waldo Mtn Lookout.  The Middle Fork District (Willamette Nat'l Forest) wrap the lookout with a fire-resistant laminate foil.  Hopefully the lookout escapes the nearby fire...

Pretty cool video of the wrap process:

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Peak 7102 IDAHO 8/8/2022


W7I/SI-151 is located near Lava Hot Springs Idaho. The summit is on Idaho Public Land but accessed through posted private land. You MUST get permission from the land owner who is generally reasonable when permission is asked and he has no cultivated crops.

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Peak 4935 | August 2022


I tried for this one after doing Cresent Mountain and was unsuccessful. Crescent Mountain | August 2022 |

I left the main trail and bushwacked to the ridgeline. (44.48111,-122.08128)

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Crescent Mountain | August 2022


Cresent Mountain can be approached via the north trail or the south trail.  I took the north trail. South trail is described here. Crescent Mountain - Hike Oregon

You can get to the trailhead for the south trail by taking Lava Lake mdw road off highway 22. (44.4859,-122.00008)

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North Quartz Creek Ridge | August 2022


Access and other info in my post on Quartz Creek Ridge

Continuing our hike from Quartz Creek Ridge, at the access trail junction Bill K7WXW and I retrieved my stashed water, had a small break from the aggressive climb up from the ridge saddle, and then continued north on the Summit Prairie Trail. 

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Quartz Creek Ridge | August 2022


Activated Quartz Creek Ridge with Bill (K7WXW) this last weekend. This summit is easily doable with North Quartz Creek Ridge in the same day. Access for both summits is in the middle on a sometimes-not-mapped trail, TH at 46.24186, -121.72969 . This trail system is mixed-use. We saw ultramarathon runners (Dark Divide Ultra), mountain bikers, and dirtbikes. Prepare your ankles accordingly, the trail is often a narrow rut through the dirt because of the motorcycle traffic.

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5881 Granite County, Montana - August 5, 2022



I attempted to activate this summit and as was advised by my good friend and ex-Forest Service person K7VK that it would probably be off limits and gated. Not to be discouraged I tried anyway and found the road gated. I have no idea if this ever opens up to the public. If I find otherwise I will update this post. See attached map I made to guide me to the summit. The summit is only 7 miles off of the 130 exit of highway 90 in Montana. The black "X" is where the locked gate was. Fortunately it was at the beginning of my attempt and not 6 miles into the excursion.