I’m thinking of arranging a mass activation up here in Scotland. Due to the complexities of trying to find a date and venue that suits enough people and space for them to stay I’m thinking of targeting this for around Easter 2011. (But not the Easter weekend itself).
My ideas are floating around booking a bunkhouse or similar and hopefully a fair number of activators would stay and have a weekend of activating seldom activated summits. Some of these places are far enough of a drive for us who live the correct (i.e. North) side of the border that an overnight stay is desirable, so if we were to stay for 2 or 3 nights then it may be viable for activators to come from further afield.
My top of the list choice at present is the Ariundle Bunkhouse out at Loch Sunart/Strontian way. This is around £15/night and sleeps 26. Fully cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals are avialable at the neighbouring restaurant. There are plenty of 1,2 & 4 point summits nearby with a number still unactivated. Bigger hills are relatively (by West of Scotland terms) nearby for those wanting more of a challenge. The idea is not to see who can amass the most points but to provide a festival of rarely activated summits for the chasers.
I say activators but chasers would be welcome for a meet up, chin wag and help with general consumption of ale and fine comestibles likely to occur after a hard days activation.
I’d like to try to have one of these sessions once a year as a chance for people in SOTA to meet up face to face rather than just keyboard to keyboard or voice to voice. There may be enough interest that activating weekends could be arranged in say the Lake District or Snowdonia.
So if you are interested you can email me at mm0fmf_sota AT intermoose.com (you know what to do) or we can discuss the idea further on here and slowly wander off to other subjects.