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I was staying in a Keswick cottage with my family in early October. On Tuesday 1st October I was released from Grandad duties for the whole day. I left Keswick at 5.45am to head for an area I am familiar with - Dumfries and Galloway.
My first ever SOTA activation took place in the area on Hightown Hill GM/SS-273, in June 2005, and I completed another nine activations in the area in later years, some were indeed first time activations of SOTA summits. 1st October was a special day - the day that Killyleoch Hill GM/SS-285 was entered into the SOTA list of accredited summits with 150m prominence. I wanted to be the first ham to activate the summit, and I was.
The last time I operated in Scotland was in August 2009 on the fantastic SOTA expedition to Ailsa Craig which was organised by Jimmy M0HGY and Tom M1EYP, great memories of that trip:
|Our SOTA Group heading for Ailsa Craig GM/SS-246 in August 2009|
|Phil G4OBK on Grandad duty the day before - climbing Latrigg LDW-206 for Wainwrights On The Air|
This addition to the summits list was the result of a survey completed in August 2013 by Alan Dawson, author and creator of the Marilyn summits book, The Relative Hills of Britain. This summit was activated again five days later by Terry G(M)0VWP.
You can find details of Alan Dawson's survey of the summit and surrounding cols here.
|Where I parked by the forestry track at NX 8801 8053. I walked through that gate and headed for the summit (40 mins)|
|Highland Cattle in small gated enclosure near Loweberry Wood NX 877810|
|Operating position SS-285 - the highest point are the rocks 75m in the background|
|The writer packed up and about to leave Killyleoch Hill|
If you would like a GPX track of this route it may be downloaded from the SOTA Mapping Project run by Rob DM1CM.
2.4 miles walked with 520 ft ascent.