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Exploring the Peloncillo Mountains

December 26-29, 2014

For many years now, every time we cross into New Mexico, I've been gazing longingly at those ragged-top mountains that straddle the state line just north of I-10. Once we actually went so far as to drive the rough gravel road from Steins north to U.S. 70 to get a closer look at them. But access is far from obvious and internet research generally misdirects to a more southerly cluster of small peaks that are also part of the Peloncillo range.

Dennis and I had a nice long break between Christmas and New Year's, so the Peloncillos became a primary target, especially when it occurred to us that we could use the Simpson Hotel, our favorite southern Arizona bed and breakfast, as our base of operations. Always eager for ways to combine hiking and ham radio, Dennis became quite excited when he noticed that according to the Summits on the Air website, very few of the peaks in the Peloncillos have been "activated", meaning there is no record of a verified amateur radio transmission. So with a makeshift portable antenna, his trusty multi-band KX3, an ARRL flag we found in yet another box of goodies from Bart, and the iPad loaded up with hi-res maps and GPS coordinates for the highest peaks, we set out for the Peloncillos.

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