The climbing club that I frequent has booked the Alex Macintyre hut at Onich, south of Fort William, for its New Year Meet, and I am looking forward to renewing my acquaintance with an area that I often visited when I was less grey! My experience of the Western Highlands at that time of year suggests that rain is much more likely than sun - or snow! - so I am looking at the lower summits in the area for activations. One or two point summits are surprisingly plentiful so I should be able to get at least a few activations logged, but there is a problem. Activators don’t seem at all interested in putting any information in the Resources section of the Summit Information pages. When it comes to the higher summits there is no problem, I can pull a book off the shelf that will give me the best routes up all the higher mountains - I probably wouldn’t need to for many of them, I’ve been up Bidean nam Bian by about nine different routes not counting roped ascents! However, the thing about SOTA is that it encourages you off the beaten track to find gems amongst the lower hills, and it is in those lower hills where help would be useful. So many of them are surrounded by farmland or forestry, and a bit of guidance about the best way up, particularly where forestry is involved, would be a very valuable time saver. Can I urge activators to put some guidance into the Resources section?
PS I was amazed to see how much still remains to be done in GM/WS, there are no less than eight summits over 1,000 metres still unactivated, fourteen over the magic 3,000 feet, and some of them are mountains that certainly used to be very popular, such as Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan WS-006. First activation glory awaits the bold activator!