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Renaming W7 SOTA summits

The summits in the eight W7 regions are being renamed, much like those in W4 or W5 were earlier this year.

The name changes follow this plan:

W7 - USA - Arizona -> W7A - USA - Arizona

W7 - USA - Idaho -> W7I - USA - Idaho

W7 - USA - Montana -> W7M - USA - Montana

W7 - USA - Nevada -> W7N - USA - Nevada

W7 - USA - Oregon -> W7O - USA - Oregon

W7 - USA - Utah -> W7U - USA - Utah

W7 - USA - Washington -> W7W - USA - Washington

W7 - USA - Wyoming -> W7Y - USA - Wyoming

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Triple KX3 Activation of Eagles Rest, W7/WV-078


On August 29, 2012, Guy, N7UN, Jeremy, NH6Z and Phil, NS7P, activated Eagles Rest in the Willamette Valley foothills of Lane Co, OR.  This small summit sits at 3024' ASL (1725' above the trailhead). It is exposed rock surrounded by forest.

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Peak 3977, WA ("Starway") | Sep-2012


The trail is called the "Starway Trail" but it could be better named the "Stairway Trail" as it is one of the steepest trails I have ever hiked - but the views from the top are worth it. And then, the peak should also have the SOTA vanity name, "Starway." The elevation gain is in the order of 2400 feet in just over two miles and pretty much relentlessly climbs for the first half of the hike. Note that this peak can also be approached from Silver Star (from the south) with less elevation gain, although the trail is a bit faint in places.

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A hazy day on Evergreen Mtn.


I guess the winds must be blowing smoke from the fires in Wenatchee over the mountains.  It was a pretty hazy day, especially at lower elevations.  This one is a short hike (1.5 mi), but a steep one. The drive took me longer than expected, as did the hike, so I wound up about an hour late with the activation.  The views were stupendous, though, inspite of the haziness, and the lookout tower at the top made a perfect support for my pole.  

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Pine Benchmark, OR | Sep-2012


See the blog entry for Pine Mountain, W7/CE-058 for details on this activation: www.pnwsota.org/blog/k7atn/2012-september-09/pine-mountain-and-pine-benchmark-or-sep-2012.

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Pine Mountain and Pine Benchmark, OR | Sep-2012


Pine Mountain (W7/CN-058) (2 miles RT and 500 feet) and Pine Benchmark (W7/CN-068) (~3 miles RT and 600 feet if you walk the road) are close enough that one could easily do both summits in a day.

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N7UN Activation of Table Rock, OR (near Mollala)


Overview: Table Rock is just south of Mollala OR.  Although it is in the Table Rock Wilderness Area, active logging occurs in the area.  Watch out for log trucks!  This is a popular hiking destination so expect to see a lot of hikers on the weekend. On a clear day, Mt Rainer to Mt Mount McLoughlin can be seen.  The east side of Table Rock has the 1000 ft cliff face seen in most pictures.

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High Rock, WA


On September 1st, Taylor and I returned to the site of our first "real" SOTA activation almost a year later. Before climbing High Rock in late September 2011, my SOTA activities had been confined to one and two point locations where one had to make an effort to travel far enough from the vehicle to satisfy the spirit of the game. Until this fourth summit came along, I was able to carry way too much stuff the short distance from the vehicle to the operating location.