Friday, 27 August 2021

GM/SS-125 Scald Law - August 2021

A short drive from our Air BNB cottage near Musselburgh took us south along the A702 to the parking place for Scald Law. There are laybys on both sides of the road and a really good path to the summit. The main path starts flat for a time and then climbs to a footpath junction where a path comes off Carnethy Hill on the right. From there after turning left it was just a 15 minute climb to the summit, where a young chap had been wild camping overnight:

The 1.5 mile walk took us just 50 minutes. The trig point had had the blanking plate removed, you see this a lot. On this one I extracted enough small stones to allow me to use the hole as a support for my pole, inside one of my fleece gloves to prevent the pole being chafed. The young man wild camping, (see his tent pictured below) asked if he minded him taking a photograph of my activity, which intrigued him. No problem saying yes, go ahead! I set up for an hours of activity on HF and 2m FM. HF conditions were very good on all bands from 60m through to 20m, and there were four summit to summit contacts in my log of 47 contacts.

(KX3 10 watts - link dipole @ 5m - FT65e + whip)

Scald Law Trig Point with wild camper behind inside his tent
The usual suspects and more in the log 
XYL Judy sits reading with Black Hill GM/SS-167 tomorrow's target in front of her
Loganlea Reservoir below and Black Hill GM/SS-167 above it

We left the car at 09:56 and returned to it at 13:18 BST, going back to our cottage for some lunch. In the afternoon we visited the Fort Kinnaird shopping centre and I bought Trespass walking socks, Trespass walking trousers and denim jeans and chinos from M&S - the first clothes shopping I had done since the start of the Covid pandemic 18 months previous!

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