Come to Scotland then! We have plenty of summits like this:
But repurposing the cairn and those scrap fence strainers is bad form. Even here, 7.5km walk from the car, 21km down a dead-end glen, you still meet walkers and commandeering the cairn is not acceptable. You have to get a bit off the true summit to play with wires across the hill.
I’d guess 40% of summits look like this with nothing suitable to lash the pole against.
Sure there are plenty of fences and rocks on other summits. But I can guy with 3 tent pegs and 3 lanyards in less time than I can build a rock base for the pole.
What we need is one of these on every summit, just ideal to slip the pole into!
Sadly this is about 400m lower than the summit and it’s the only such thing I’ve seen in 11.5 years of SOTA! The dude who installed this did a good job. That’s been exposed to Scottish weather for 60+years and it was corroded on the surface.
It’s a fundamental mark for the damn construction… there should be another one on the other hill and all the sightings were done from here.