We took our Jeep Wrangler up the moderate 4WD road and parked at 13,800 feet. This makes for a very manageable hike to the 14,269 foot summit. Of course, you can always choose to start the hike from lower on the mountain, but you’ll end up walking along the road. This web site provides a good overview of the 4WD road. The 14ers.com web site and summitpost.org are additional sources of summit info.
Here’s a short video of our operation on the summit.
Here’s the K0NR log on the 2m band, fm and ssb:
August 2, 2015 K0NR Log, time in UTC 15:09 144MHz FM K0JJW 15:13 144MHz FM W0CP 15:16 144MHz FM KC5JKU Mt Elbert 15:17 144MHz FM KD0WHB Grays Peak 15:21 144MHz FM N0XDW Pikes Peak 15:37 144MHz FM KD5HGD Mt Elbert 15:42 144MHz FM KD0MRC 15:42 144MHz FM KE0DMT 15:44 144MHz FM NQ0L Franktown 15:45 144MHz FM KE0EUO Mt Democrat 15:46 144MHz FM K7SO Mt Democrat 15:50 144MHz SSB KD0YOB W0C/PR-005 15:53 144MHz SSB W0BV Buena Vista 15:53 144MHz SSB K0YV Buena Vista 15:57 144MHz SSB W0STU Monument 16:06 144MHz FM KD0WHB Torreys 16:13 144MHz FM KI6YMZ Mt Elbert 16:19 144MHz FM KE0EKT Mt Elbert 16:29 144MHz FM WZ0N 16:29 144MHz FM KE0DAL 16:31 144MHz FM WO9S 16:33 144MHz FM K0UO 17:10 144MHz FM KD2FHB Pikes Peak
I used my Yaesu FT-817 driving a 3 element Arrow yagi antenna (shown in video) for both FM and SSB 2m operation. It was a great day on the mountain with quite a few Summit-to-Summit (S2S) SOTA contacts. See you next year on a Colorado mountaintop!
73, Bob K0NR