Today I activated Granite Chief, 9005 ft (2745m) at the edge of Squaw Valley ski area in California. I took the highest lift to 8610ft and carried my skis and radio gear the remaining 400ft in the snow to the summit. My rig ended up sitting on the USGS brass plate embedded in a handy rock! According to the rules, I seem to have been independent of motorised transport for my “final access”, and indeed the huffing and puffing I exhibited certainly seemed to be in the spirit of SOTA! But what if the lift goes to the summit? Do I need to descend a certain amount of vertical height and walk back up again? What should that height be?
By the way, 20m wasn’t great, thanks to audio problems with my new FT857D, but 2m simplex was great - my 3el yagi at 9000ft seemed to be heard all over northern California!