Summit: W4C/CM-028 – Camp Creek Bald
Date: October 26, 2013
Weather: Mostly sunny, calm wind
Kenwood TH-F6A triband HT
Hiking Path: Very short hike
Poor road conditions on final access, deep ruts
On the afternoon of October 26, 2013, I successfully activated Camp Creek Bald. The drive from my house in Colonial Heights took a little over 1.5 hours. Viking Mountain Rd/Bald Mountain Rd goes from Asheville Hwy up the mountain and is a little bumpy, but nothing a car cannot handle. The first half is paved, the rest is gravel. The final access road is about .5 miles and is very rough and rocky. 4WD or AWD is highly recommended, just in case.
After parking near the summit, I hiked a very short distance to the top. At the summit, there is a lookout tower and a couple of creepy-looking abandoned buildings. Despite all of the transmitters within close proximity, I received no interference whatsoever, even with the squelch open.
I was worried about making enough contacts with just an HT and rubber duck antenna, but I believe there was only one station that I could not work. I heard most Tri-Cities stations at 59. After making my contacts, I quickly descended the mountain, went home, and then immediately went to work.
Later, I would discover that my trip up the mountain took a minor toll on my Explorer. Somehow, the left fog light lens fell out while on the mountain.