Today marks one year since I started activating summits for SOTA. I don’t have quite such accurate records as Robin has but here are some figures (some accurate and some estimates).
64 Summits activated
173 summit points
51 Winter bonus points
250 miles walked (guestimate)
902 contacts (60m, 80m, 40m, 2m & 70cms)
I should work out the distance walked and total ascent with Anquet just for a laugh. I don’t want to think of how much I’ve spent on petrol. I might have worn out my first pair of boots. Well I think the GoreTex membrane is punctured in at least one place as they are no longer completely waterproof. If so then they’ve cost £1.20 a week which is really not a lot of money. At this rate I hope to get Mountain Goat status in three and half years from now.
But it’s not about the money or the points. I’m significantly fitter than this time last year. I’ve not lost any weight at all but my legs are a funny shape now with bulges in strange places. My doctor is delighted that I’m doing some exercise and wants to me to try an encourage the other lardbuckets like me at the diabetic clinic to do some! I’ve also discovered something that other walkers already knew, that the real beauty of this country starts at the car park and gets better the further you go.
So thank you to all of you out there who are all waiting to pounce whenever I get on the air. Thanks to Richard G3CWI and John G3WGV for coming up with such a daft idea as SOTA and to Brian G4ZRP who persuaded me to buy some boots and take my FT817 out into the countryside.