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Silver Star Activation

Summit: 
W7W/LC-058

On 27 March Etienne (K7ATN) and I activated Silver Star mountain. The weather report called for rain with a break around mid day. We headed to the trailhead, Route: Washougal, WA to Washougal River Road (approx. 10 mi), to Skye Rd to 412th AVE to Skamania Mines Rd. Follow the signs to silver star. We reached the TH at about 0840 and started up the trail. At about 1/8 of a mile the trail splits, take the right split. We found out the hard way and got about 1/4 mile down the trail before I checked the map and realized we were on the wrong trail.

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Bobs Mountain

Summit: 
W7W/LC-139

I did this summit on 26 March as it was close to where I was staying. It poured rain on me the whole time but I came out with 14 quick contacts including a S2S with Etienne K7ATN on 146.52. I drove up the road and until my truck would not make it any further (4WD) and then hiked up the rest of the way. If you look at my everytrail tracks the "GO" marker is where the dirt road starts and the "END" marker is where I parked the truck. You could drive further then this if it was a dry day or if you had a jeep or 4 wheeler.

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Larch Mountain, WA

Summit: 
W7W/LC-103

Check out my blog at http://kf7pxt.blogspot.com/2014/03/larch-mountain-w7wlc-103-sota.html for additional information.

Here is my everytrail post with downloadable GPX tracks - http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2713566

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Mount St. Helens, WA | March 2014

Summit: 
W7W/LC-001

A very long day to get ten points - the usual for the Northwest.

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SOTA Activation: Squak Mountain, King County, Washington - March 23, 2014

Summit: 
W7W/KG-122

On a quck training hike for our Switzerland Hiking / Climbing tour next July / August, I carried along my trusty ICOM - IC - V85 2M HT because it has an output of 7 Watts.  Together with my old AEA "Hot Rod" telescoping vertical antenna for 2M, it seems to work very well on 2M FM.  Squak Mountain, 617 Meters, 2,024 Feet elevation is an easy 4.2 miles RT hike gaining 1,274 feet to the summit.  It is easily accessible from my home QTH in Bellevue, WA.  Park on SR900 (Issaquah - Renton Road) or, as we did, at one of the higher trailheads on Mountainside

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Horse Ridge First Light

Summit: 
W7O/CE-176

Re Horse Ridge Initial Activation 23 Feb 2014.

Ray KG7AV, Max KF7MAX

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Tom Dick & Harry Mtn (snowshoe) | March 2014

Summit: 
W7O/CN-032

Tom, Dick & Harry Mountain is a nice late season snowshoe near Mount Hood. It's about 3.2 miles one-way and 1850 feet of gain to bag this four-point summit with iconic views of Mount Hood.

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Gales Peak, OR | February 2012

Summit: 
W7O/NC-043

Gales Peak is probably on the "not recommended" list for activations near Portland. Although access is possible, you are not allowed to do it with a motor vehicle, making the six mile round-trip on a logging road fairly unattractive.

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Peak 3534, OR | March 2014

Summit: 
W7O/NC-065

Peak 3534 is a near drive up in the Tillamook State Forest west of Portland off Highway 6.

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Peak 6001, OR (snowshoe) | March 2014

Summit: 
W7O/CN-078

These eleven miles (RT) seem much farther when you are on snowshoes - take that into account if you should decide to try this winter activation.