Fair comment Brian, (W3ATT) that’s a good measure of what goes into many activations that take place for SOTA.
When I started SOTA Chasing in 2005 I felt that I should be putting something back into it so I tried activating. I found I enjoyed it as much, if not more than chasing, which is very convenient and easy, activating IS NOT and as a result the two sides cannot be directly compared
I got hooked. The activator is KING, something I strongly believe is true, but Chasers are needed of course!
As Tom touched upon in his comment - you need to try it yourself and see what you come up against along the way to appreciate what goes into some of the SOTA activations we complete…
For instance yesterday when Jack W4TJE was operating on a SOTA in close proximity to a mother bear with cub, and having to keep a constant watch around him in case they came close. Scary stuff this SOTA can be… Jack was a superb signal too in EU on 15m CW from W4V/WV-017.