Not activating, that won’t ever be easy until every summit has mechanical access! No, I’m thinking about chasing, and posing a question to other chasers. Has Shack Sloth at 1000 points become too easy?
It took me four years to reach the magic 1000 points. This was partly due to the smaller number of Associations and activators in the early days of SOTA, and partly due to having to work for a living so that chasing could only take place in the evenings and weekends. Some full-time chasers did well from the start, there were two trophies issued in the second year of SOTA, and 12 were earned in the third year, but most of us had to toil for at least a few years to earn that glassware! Contrast this with the current situation: 98 chasers have already recorded more than a thousand points so far this year, in 2016 some 329 chasers recorded more than a thousand points. It is now quite possible for a determined chaser to earn his Shack Sloth trophy in a matter of weeks rather than years - and this trophy is supposed to be our premier award for achievements in chasing!
The question, then, is has the phenomenal growth of SOTA made Shack Sloth too easy to attain? I am proud of my piece of glass, it took time and effort to earn, but would I be as proud of it if it took only a couple of months to earn? I don’t know, would you?
As I see it, the actual achievement level that was 1000 points in the early days of SOTA now kicks in at about 10,000 points. We even have an informal name for it - super sloth. Would it be better nowadays for Shack Sloth to be just another certificate and the trophy to be awarded at 10,000 points, Super Sloth?
What do other Chasers think?