Do what’s you enjoy for SOTA - that’s the best advice!
However, please be aware that some of us enjoy HF on SOTA peaks so much that we can’t imagine using much of that precious time for VHF…even though we know it’s fun too!
EA2IF, Guru - see his post above - has broken through the piles of chasers to call me from Spain many times! He can hear my 5 watt signal almost 5000 miles away. Once you run a few piles on HF, get the bug, there’s no coming back from HF activations. It’s quite the thrill to be high above the timberline making contacts as fast as you can run and log them.
We also make numerous S2S (Summit to Summit) contacts on HF. I have activations with as many as six of these incredible moments! We activators chase each other!
Often a multi-band activation will go an hour or more. Like MW0WML, I like to work all the chasers who have waited for their turns. I’ve done a fair bit of chasing as well as activating, and I’ve missed many activations because of things that the activators did or did not do - as well as because of my own mistakes.
Chasing will make you a better activator, and the reverse is true also.
It’s fun to do several bands, because each HF band is very different. On 40M you get people closer in, 30M is medium distance, 20M is reliable for really long distances, and higher frequencies go even further, but they’re not always usable. Just when you think you understand the HF bands, the season changes, and the sun changes its various effects, and the bands are all different again!
In the USA - and surely in other countries - the HF activators and chasers form a sort of loose club or group - we gradually get to know each other a bit now and then, and we keep bumping into each other on the bands - and elsewhere. Many activators do joint or group activations as well.
This is a fine long-term experience, and you’re totally welcome to join and participate as much as you like!