I will take a day off tomorrow to do a nice ski-tour, which includes up to three SOTA-worthy summits, each 8-pointers plus winter bonus, so pretty attractive.
Now, as usual, my time on the summit will be very limited, because the trip is 6 - 8 hours without SOTA operating time.
What is the best strategy for an alert so that RBNHole/RBNGate will spot me as quickly as possible?
Would you use
a) a placeholder alert, like DL/MF-??? with a generous time-span (like S-2 S + 7),
b) the first summit with a regular alert and then a placeholder alert with a generous time-span (like S-2 S + 7) for the remaining two, or
c) three regular alerts for the exact summits with the best possible estimates, or
d) c) plus a generous placeholder alert in parallel?
I fear that with a placeholder alert, chasers will not easily see that the summits earn them 8 point, while on the other hand, predicting the exact times for the 2nd and (if realistic) 3rd summit is very difficult.
I do not think I will have coverage nor time to modify alerts on my way or self-spot on the summit.
Thanks for your advice!
73 de Martin, DK3IT