19 April 2015

07 SOTA Activation: Mt. Ainslie VK1/AC-040

Mt. Ainslie VK1/AC-040 (17 April 2015)

There are few hills around Canberra that can compete with the view from Mount Ainslie. It is not the highest but I think you could spot most of the significant landmarks in Canberra from up there. It overlooks the Australian War Memorial and if your eyes travel down ANZAC Parade, you will see Old and New Parliament house on Capital Hill, across Lake Burley Griffin. You also have a line if sight to other nearby SOTA summits including Black Mountain, Mount Stromlo, One Tree Hill, Isaacs Ridge, Tuggeranong Hill, Mount Taylor and neighbouring Mt. Majura.

The view from the Mount Ainslie Lookout

How to Get There

Access to the summit could be as easy or hard as you like. A nice (mostly paved) footpath takes you from Treloar Crescent, opposite the War Memorial to the summit. It is a steady climb that usually takes about 30 to 40 minutes. Alternatively you could take Mount Ainslie road to the car park that is about 10 meters below the summit. Mount Ainslie road turns out of Fairbairn Avenue.

Mount Ainslie

Special Permissions or Arrangements

None required. Access is via a public road or footpath.

Summit Information

Mount Ainslie's summit is 843 meters above mean sea level and it is worth 1 SOTA activation point. Its Maidenhead locator is QF44nr. The summit is about 10 meters higher than the car park and Mt. Ainslie road that surrounds it. The lookout on the western side is quite the crowd puller so there are always people coming and going.

I set up on what I thought was the highest spot, next to a metal pole that was perfect support for the squid pole. Two bungee cords later and I had a stable mast for the whole activation.

Ham Shack on Mt. Ainslie

Contacts Made

This was my second activation for the day, coming straight after the earlier activation of Mount Stromlo. Andrew VK1NAM was on Spring Hill VK2/ST-036 and we had a good summit to summit that bagged me an extra 4 points. Thank you Andrew!

Useful Links

SOTAWATCH Summit Information: http://www.sotawatch.org/summits.php?summit=VK1/AC-040
Wikipedia Mount Ainslie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Ainslie
Wikipedia Lake Burley Griffin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Burley_Griffin
Australian War Memorial: https://www.awm.gov.au/

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