Summits on the air

I am a licensed amateur radio, and i participate in an activity called Summits on the air (SOTA). That activity consists of accessing a summit and making contacts with other radio operators via HF radio. My transceiver is very small, and i communicate with other using Morse code. For each summits you get points, and after a while you get recognition in the SOTA community by earning certificates, or even the prestigious status of “Mountain Goat”.

One can do SOTA while during a dayhike, but last year one of our amateur radio colleagues hiked the AT SOBO and was “activating” summits along the way, setting up his antenna and making radio contacts.

That activity and my love for hiking were enough to motivate me to keep on hiking, along with the total support of my spouse and children.

After activating two mountains in Vermont near Jay’s Peak last year, i had the opportunity to dayhike a portion of the LT.

That was the trigger point for things to come.

My walking regimen was vastly improving, and i was soon able to carry a small load in my backpack, even in Winter.

Why not thru-hike the LT ??? My long time dream was to become a thru-hiker one day and now was my chance.

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