After reading several postings and speaking to activators, for me it begs the question “Do I need to go to the summit or just the activation area?” For those of you who haven’t activated it may seem like a futile point but I can assure you on some tops it makes a significant difference in terms of distance. Kinder Scout, Fairsnape Fell, Shobdon Hill, Black Mountain, are just a few, there are many more where the activation area is huge.
Some may think my view is a bit ‘precious’ but I believe the activator should visit the summit before completing the activation. In fact the rules allude to this, in the ‘Care for the Environment’ there is a paragraph which says :
‘There is no need to operate from the exact summit itself (though you should perhaps have reached the summit before you start operating!). Our rules allow operation within 25 metres vertically of any summit so in most cases there is plenty of leeway to allow you to set up a station unobtrusively and out of the wind. In this respect, the use of tents on popular hills should be avoided where possible as they do tend to attract the (often unfavourable) attention of landowners.’
I appreciate it suggests perhaps that you should reach the summit but my opinion is you should, I believe the activation area is provided such that we minimise the impact on other hill and fell users, its not an excuse to NOT visit the summit.
I wonder what others think!