SOTA Activation of Guatisea (EA8/LA-008)

View over to Guatisea (EA8/LA-008)

I made the short drive to the base of this summit from EA/LA-005 Montana Blanca and started the ascent. Now this was interesting because there’s no marked trails on my walking map or my Garmin GPS Unit! I took the approach of just heading straight up it where possible; the slopes are very steep so this was appropriately tiring. After 30 minutes I was at the top, the summit is a nice flat plateau with some excellent views of the island.

Band: 17m SSB
QSOs:
22
Parking: Near village at the foot of summit
Points: 1
Height: 544m
Highlight: Small flowers growing at the summit on the otherwise barren volcanic stone landscape, also a beautiful sunset view
Lowlight: The descent from the summit was tough work as it was very steep and slippery due to loose gravel/sand. Lost my footing a few times, but by adopting a zig-zag approach along the ridge I limited this.

I chose to activate on 17m this time to see if I could get back to the UK chasers. This seemed to work better with pretty solid contacts both ways. I netted 21 QSOs in just over 20 minutes of operating and with the sun starting to set I decided to go and find my hotel for the night. Furthest DX was NE4TN but all contacts were appreciated 🙂

Time Call Band
16:38z G3VXJ 18MHz
16:39z CT1HIX 18MHz
16:41z G0POT 18MHz
16:43z CU3AA 18MHz
16:44z G6TUH 18MHz
16:45z DJ5AV 18MHz
16:46z IK1GPG 18MHz
16:47z DL8MLD 18MHz
16:50z DL3JPN 18MHz
16:51z OH9XX 18MHz
16:52z DL3HXX 18MHz
16:53z EA2CKX 18MHz
16:54z EA2DT 18MHz
16:54z EA1XI 18MHz
16:55z EA4MZ 18MHz
16:55z EA1IPN 18MHz
16:56z EA1SB 18MHz
16:56z DL3HXX 18MHz
16:57z EA1HMT 18MHz
16:58z CU3BL 18MHz
17:00z NE4TN 18MHz
17:01z GI4ONL 18MHz

Here are some of my photos of the summit:

Car Parking Spot with Guatisea In Background

Car Parking Spot with Guatisea In Background

Quite a Gradient Up to Guatisea

Quite a Gradient Up to Guatisea

View from Halfway up Guatisea

View from Halfway up Guatisea

Hazards on the Ascent up Guatisea

Hazards on the Ascent up Guatisea

Car Parking Spot as seen from Guatisea Summit

Car Parking Spot as seen from Guatisea Summit

KX3 Surrounded by Flowers on Flat & Long Summit of Guatisea

KX3 Surrounded by Flowers on Flat & Long Summit of Guatisea

Quite a Gradient Down from Guatisea!

Quite a Gradient Down from Guatisea!

With the sun dipping in the sky and feeling cream crackered after a 4am start, I decided to descend and find my hotel in Costa Teguise.

A successful first day by all accounts, with 2 summits activated after only landing on the island at 12pm!

Sunset on drive to hotel after Guatisea activation

Sunset on drive to hotel after Guatisea activation

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