VK7/NE-006 – Mount Saddleback – 11 October 2020

I found myself in North East VK7 with WICEN Tas (Sth) helping with radio communications for a Equine Endurance ride from 9-10 October and planned to stay another night to activate Mt Saddleback on the way back to Hobart.

Mt Saddleback is accessed off the Mathinna Plains Road (C423) 4.5km south from the intersection with Mount Albert Road or 16.6km North from Mathinna. It is well sign posted. Head up about 200m to the marked track. If you have a 4WD then you can drive up the track about 1.8km to a small carpark where the track starts.

The track is well marked with tape and cairns all the way to the top. The path is steep for the first two thirds of the track as you rise up through some impressive dolerite pillars. It takes about 1.5 hours up and about an hour down.

Once you rise past the pillars there is a series of plateaux that rise in a Southern direction until you see the stone cairn at the highest point.

It was a brilliant day with sun and little wind on summit. I setup the squid pole, linked dipole and IC-705 and started calling CQ on 40m. I had sketchy mobile coverage with Telstra on summit and therefore I could not spot using the Parks and Peaks App. Thanks to those who spotted me when I contacted them.

Looking NE I could see the mountain summits on Cape Barren and Flinders Island in the misty distance.

At 1256m you have fantastic views – this panorama from left (west) to right (east) shows Ben Lomond, Ben Nevis, Mt Barrow, Mt Arthur, Mt Cameron, Mt Victoria and Mt Albert.

Thanks to all who contacted me during the activation.

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