High Street Hike - G/LD-011 SOTA (2020)

Summits on the Air Activation Report

Activation Date: Sunday 18th October, 2020.
Activator(s): Richard M1HAX.
Summit: High Street, Lake District, England.
Summit ID: SOTA reference G/LD-011 (8 points).
Summit Height: 828m elevation, 373m prominence.
Summit Location: Lat./Long. 54.49169, -2.86486. Maidenhead Grid IO84nl.
Also Activated: G/LD-018.
Distance: 14.0km travelled with 905m of ascent.
Difficulty: SAC Grade T1.(?)
Elapsed Time: 5hr 45m (incl. operating and other summit(s) on the same hike).
Weather: Feels like 6.1°C, 2 kph WSW wind, 96% humidity.
Radio Equipment: Yaesu FTM100D, MFJ-1714, Zippy 4200mAh 4S LiFePo4.
Callsign Used: M1HAX/P.
Contacts: 16 (2m FM).

Trip Notes

High Street is a peak in the English Lake District, reaching 828 meters, making it the highest point in the far eastern region of the national park. Its name is derived from the Roman road that once crossed its summit.

For this walk up to the summit of High Street, I was continuing from Stony Cove Pike, having already walked there from Kirkstone Pass.

I descended east over Threshwaite Crag where the ground underfoot is rocky but not scrambling in nature. As I walked, I could see the impressive 4.3-metre-high columnar cairn on the top of Thornthwaite Crag, marking the next waypoint on my journey to High Street.

After a steep climb up from the col I stopped for a snack at the cairn. I then continued east over easy ground where an obvious path turned north east heading all the way to the summit plateau.

The top of High Street is expansive and would readily accommodate the largest of portable antennas for SOTA.

Using the remains of an old wall for shelter, I worked a number of local radio stations with my 50-watt Yaesu radio, before packing up and heading back the way I had come. As I re-summitted Stony Cove Pike on my way back to the car, I would activate it a second time, now using my Yaesu VX6 handheld radio to make four contacts on the 70-centimetre radio band.

High Street is quite an easy 8-point SOTA summit which I am sure to revisit.


Below are some photographs taken during my activation of High Street on Sunday 18th October, 2020.

G/LD-011 SOTA Activation, 18/10/2020 (Photo no. 1).
G/LD-011 SOTA Activation, 18/10/2020 (Photo no. 2).
G/LD-011 SOTA Activation, 18/10/2020 (Photo no. 3).
G/LD-011 SOTA Activation, 18/10/2020 (Photo no. 4).
G/LD-011 SOTA Activation, 18/10/2020 (Photo no. 5).
G/LD-011 SOTA Activation, 18/10/2020 (Photo no. 6).
G/LD-011 SOTA Activation, 18/10/2020 (Photo no. 7).
G/LD-011 SOTA Activation, 18/10/2020 (Photo no. 8).

Walking Route for High Street

The interactive map below shows my GPS track taken to the SOTA activation zone for High Street. Note that this summit was activated as part of a multi-summit hike and the map below shows the full route taken on the day. The G/LD-011 summit area is marked on the map with a blue pin icon.

You can download the route shown above as a GPX file suitable for use with most GPS devices. This file is provided for information only, to support your own walk planning and research (it may contain navigation errors, detours and/or safety hazards). The route downloads provided here are governed by the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence.

Station Log

I logged the following 16 amateur radio contacts operating as M1HAX/P from G/LD-011 High Street on Sunday 18th October, 2020 (all times shown are UTC):

10:58G6LKB2mFMDavid, 5/9
10:592E0CSS2mFMKarl, 5/9
11:00G7CDA2mFMDouggie, 5/9
11:01G1OHH2mFMSue, 5/9
11:02M0KCB/P2mFMDarius, 5/9
11:02G0LWU2mFMAndrew, 5/9
11:04G4ZRP2mFMJohn, 5/9
11:042E0XYL2mFMKaren, 4/1
11:052E0LBI2mFMLes, 5/9
11:06M7AXI2mFMMalcolm, 5/5
11:10G0TDM2mFMJohn, 5/4
11:10M7XUP2mFMSteve, 5/3
11:11M1LSD2mFMLee, 5/9
11:12M0XJR2mFMMark, 5/7
11:15GD4RVQ2mFMJon, 5/7
11:18GW4ZPL2mFMJohn, 5/5

In the notes field I will usually log the other operator’s name and the signal report they provided. In accordance with the Summits on the Air rules, I do not make a log entry where a complete exchange of callsigns and signal reports was unsuccessful.

Additional Information

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