I activated The Dutchman’s Stern summit and the Dutchman’s Stern Conservation Park on Saturday 4th May, 2013. My wife, Marija did the walk/climb with me, which took us about 90 minutes to get to the top.
The Dutchman’s Stern summit is 855 metres ASL, and is worth 6 points.
It is situated within the 3,532 hectare Dutchman’s Stern Conservation Park, in the southern Flinders Ranges. The park gets its name from the bluff’s similarity to Dutch sailing ships of the 18th century. The rocky outcrops and slopes appear to resemble the reverse stern of these ships. The bluff was named by Captain Matthew Flinders who chartered the nearby Spencer Gulf in 1802.
Access is from the Arden Vale Road. The signposted turn-off to the park is 6.5 kms from the Port Augusta road intersection in Quorn. It is then a further 3 km to The Dutchman car park. All walking trails commence at the carpark.
The track leading to the summit is very well maintained and signed. It is a 8.2 km return hike (4 hours return). It took Marija and I about 90 minutes to reach the summit and about 60 minutes back down. There are markers all along the way showing your progress.
We commenced this walk early in the morning and there were kangaroos everywhere. Both Western Greys and Red Kangaroos.
Upon reaching the summit, the views are sensational.
I used my Yaesu FT-817nd, 5 watts, and my BandHopper 40m/20m linked dipole on a 7m squid pole (inverted vee formation).
I used a distance marker post to secure my squid pole to. There is a rock formation with plenty of comfortable large rocks to sit on (if you can get comfortable rocks).
I managed 26 QSO’s on 40m, including a Summit to Summit with Rik, VK3KAN/p.
Stations worked were:- Dave VK3VCE; Glen VK3YY; Peter VK3ZPF; Ian VK1DI; Graham VK5KGP; Allen VK3HRA; Marshall VK3MRG; Mal VK3AZZ; Trevor VK5ATW; Larry VK5LY; Roy VK5NRG; Rik VK3KAN/p (SOTA VK3/ VC-005); Ian VK5CZ; Rex VK5FRCP; Warren VK3BYD; Ernie VK3DET; Steve VK3MEG; Kas VK5ZKT; David VK5KC; Bill VK5FWMA; John VK5FTCT; Peter VK3RV; Peter VK2NEO; Rod VK5FTTC, Jenny VK3WQ; and John VK2PBC/p.
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Below is a video of the activation…..