One recurring subject the MT is asked about is whether summit X can be added to the database.
I think it’s fair to say that more often than not the answer is “No”, not because we’re grumpy old men but because its topographic prominence doesn’t meet the criterion for the association (usually 150m).
So, how do we know?
How do we go about making a list of qualifying summits for a new association or how to we check a list made by someone else?
I’ve attempted to answer these questions in a couple of postings on my blog.
My first post describes a simple method using flooding in Google Earth. Anybody suggesting a summit to add should please try this approach first as it will only take you a minute or two.
My second posting goes into more detail of the process we use in practise, for example with Landserf.
A valiant effort! Unfortunately I suspect that many of the people contacting the MT have not got beyond reading the title of the award programme before firing off their email. As a next step you need to configure a “responder-bot” to intercept the relevant emails and return the links automagically. Good luck!
Very interesting, thanks for the effort in writing this up. As others have said, we do get a number of casual enquiries (and complaints) from would-be experts on prominence, but the programme does depend on high quality survey work and only those who have gone through the process will understand the finer points.