Good afternoon, all.
As the subject of smaller summits just came up in another context, I did a very quick check on the smaller summits list for CE (my area).
There are 5 Marilyns in CE as you all know only too well … Of the 26 summits in the list, 16 have public access. 7 do not (to the summit itself) and it would be possible to stretch a point on the remaining 3.
I wouldn’t mind betting that a similar distribution exists in the SE and SC areas where people hope activity will be transformed by the addition of these lower summits.
I, for one, wouldn’t be interested in covert operations and really couldn’t spend the time chasing landowners so I can envisage an impossible situation developing between those who have the bottle to do it and those who don’t. I don’t think this would do SOTA any good - nor would any adverse publicity resulting from such activations.
(Three of these summits are on my doorstep BTW. I could walk there from home - but there’s no access.)
I think it would be wise to stick to the Marilyns list. There are very few ‘iffy ones’. I’ve always said it was an inspired choice in the first place.
73, Richard G4ERP