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Associations adding new Summits


#1

How do summits get added and reviewed? It was my understanding that all the “spots” have been selected and added. But then I was reading about a new mountain that was added and just listed this fall. How does this work? Is there away to suggest new summits in my area. I found two spots that reach over 150m and are island like pyramids that seem like they would be perfect spots. But they are not listed at Summits. I contacted my association and was told that all summits have been added.

I am new and just trying to understand how all this works. I did a search and was unsuccessful in finding my answer.


#2

There are these articles:

http://www.sota.org.uk/Blog/Summit%20Research

http://www.sota.org.uk/Blog/2017/06/19/Finding-Summits---Part-1
http://www.sota.org.uk/Blog/2017/07/23/Finding-More-Summits

Section 3.6 in the general rules deals with adding and deleting summits.


#3

New summits are frequently due to re-surveys correcting the heights of summits - or of the associated cols (saddles) between summits.

In the case of a hill that is 150 metres high, it would have to be completely surrounded by ground at sea level to be a valid summit.


#4

Thank you I have some reading to do! :slight_smile:


#5

So a summit that was at it’s lowest point in the area started at 90-100metres and grow to 180metres at it’s peck would not meet the criteria? Despite it’s shape?


#6

Correct. Shape has no bearing on the selection of summits.


#7

The Canadian Digital Elevation Model from Natural Resources Canada has been fully analysed for VE1. Therefore the listing for VE1 is likely complete. If some time in the future CDEM is updated significantly, or if something better comes along, we’ll have another look, but if anything this will probably just improve the accuracy of existing summit positions and elevations.


#8

This is so. Some SOTA summits can only be reached by rock climbing techniques, others are so gently sloping that whole towns are situated within the activation zone (AZ.) The qualification for a SOTA summit is that on a map you can trace a closed contour line 150 metres below the highest point, where that closed contour line does not also enclose a higher summit. There is an exception which is well explained elsewhere: if an association has so few summits that on average each summit occupies at least 2,000 square kilometres then that association can adopt a figure of 100 metres instead of 150 metres.


#9

Pedantically, the qualification is that you can trace such a contour on the ground.


#10

I would expect no less of you, Martyn!:grinning: