"The Best of the Rest"
8 miles walked - 2038 ft of ascent
We left the tarmac and took to the open access land of the moor at Garsdale Foot. Navigation was easy up to the fell top as we followed a watercourse known as Ringing Keld Gutter (below) up to Garsdale Pike and then on to Knoutberry Haw which lies well within the SOTA activation zone.
I was monitoring the VHF 2 metre band on the way up to the summit and before we reached the top had enjoyed contacts with similar equipped stations on three summits in the Lake District. The first was Nick - station G0HIK/P who was on Whitbarrow Fell, Alastair M0VKW/P who was on Helvellyn and Geoff G4WHA/P who was on Wether Hill, one of the Wainwrights I had bagged six weeks previously. This was turning into a very successful operation which hadn't yet begun as I hadn't reached the summit. The walk coincided with the annual International Summits On The Air weekend when fellwalkers throughout Europe and the USA were going out climbing hills with the intention of making contacts with others on summits and home based stations. After several more contacts on VHF I strung out my 132 feet long wire aerial, which was supported by a 20 feet high fishing pole. In the course of 45 minutes on the short wave bands I made contacts with stations in 13 european countries:
I was more impressed with the limestone strata of the exposed rock of the Dent Fault on the banks of the river than I was the cave. Indeed, as a waymark indicated, the path running by the stream was part of the two mile long Sedgwick Geological Trail - named after Adam Sedgwick, the village of Dent's most famous son, and an accomplished Geologist of his day who passed away in 1873.