Friday, April 25, 2008

Old Goats QRPedition Team in Canyonlands NP, Utah

An avid participant in a number of the PolarBear winter QRP activities, Steve, N0TU, has gained quite a following for his videos documenting his QRP activities in the field particularily with his pack goats, Rooster and Peanut. So when I had a business trip to Las Vegas, I contacted Steve for a possible joint outing somewhere in south Utah. We quickly settled in on the Canyonlands Needles District (http://www.nps.gov/cany) for a 3-day, 2 night backcountry hiking trip and, of course, some QRP fun on April 11-14th.

The weather couldn’t have been better with cool mid-thirties at night, and the 70’s during the day. And the stars….amazing to see the Milky Way again! We had a great adventure, saw some fantastic topography where eons of wind and sand have sculpted rock monoliths and canyons of incredible color and shapes. Words, or even pictures, really don’t capture the magnitude of the place. You really have to visit the area yourself to gain a sense of the majesty. And we had a lot of fun with our QRP rigs…especially the 2nd and 3rd days.

I’ve created a small slide show of some still photographs:



or you can see the large screen show with captions at http://tinyurl.com/4dgwwf .

Steve has wielded his video magic and created a four part series on YouTube! Steve is a master at capturing the action! Here's the whole Needles series:

DX on the Mesa with a Buddistick http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aorRonrs3J0
Backpacking in the Needles (part I) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgvyovWRd-o
Backpacking in the Needles (part II) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wovL8D63REc
...and the latest BIG one:
Backpacking in the Needles (part III) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1oOU0eL24w

Out of this hike came some new plans for upcoming adventures for the Old Goats QRPexpedition Team including a HF QRP activation of the summit of one of the Colorado 14ers during the annual August Coloradio 14er event. Info on this primarily VHF/UHF special event can be found at http://www.14er.org/ . Our goal is a QRP HF activation with a big effort! Certainly we will keep everyone posted of our plans for this QRP special event!