Ormes Peak is named after Manley Ormes. Manley Ormes was the father of Robert Ormes, co-author of the Pikes Peak atlas.
Robert Ormes is synonymous with the Colorado Rockies. He was an English teacher at the Fountain Valley School and later as an English Professor at Colorado College, Ormes is most widely known for his contributions to "A Guide to the Colorado Mountains", which was the earliest guidebook to the Colorado Rockies first published in 1959. Ormes was also a member of the famous Pikes Peak AdAmAn Club.
Lynn wanted to get one more summit in before her trip to WI. I was not sure if we would be able to get access to Ormes Peak due to most of the area still being off limits from the Waldo Canyon fire a few years ago.
|Pikes Peak from Rampart Range Road|
|Nature coming back|
The road that goes around Ormes had a sign that said "Road Closed." The rains had washed out part of the road. People had put dead trees and had driven around the washout but I did not want to do that (although the Jeep could handle it). I decided to back track to the last approved parking area making sure to give plenty of space to other vehicles in case someone wanted to harvest some of the dead wood. We headed off on foot. Up down all the way until we got to the base of the mountain.
|Ormes Peak in the distance|
At the start of the ascent I choose a wash out until I saw a game trail and in fact I saw some game on the trail. A few deer walked past us without giving us much attention. I also took note of some big cat tracks about as well. Lynn and I maneuvered to the East side of the rocks and found a path up to the summit. There was a nice breeze on the summit but it was pretty buggy.
I decided to setup the recorder (recently fixed) and the gopro to get some footage but when I returned home I discovered the gopro has a bad SD card. At least that is what I think it is. I had almost an hour of footage that is now lost. No matter. I did get a lot of pictures.
|Lynn on the summit|
|Lynn, KC0YQF taking a break|
|View from our radio shack|
|End Fed going into tree|
|Other end of the End Fed support|
|KC0YQF running the 20 meter SSB pileup|
|View towards Colorado Springs|
|Google Earth View of our GPS Track|
|K0JQZ on CW|
Lynn 20 meter SSB Log:
My 10 and 15 meter log:
The rig was Lynn's Elecraft KX3 at 5 watts and an End Fed antenna based on the Hawaii Emergency Amateur Radio Club's design. (9 to 1 Balun with about 30 feet of wire).
This is an easy 4 pointer that has some great views. It is not as easy as driving up Pikes Peak but it offers a little bit of the Colorado mountains close to the city. It might be a good candidate for a visiting SOTA Activator.