…or in other words: bring your own seat and don’t rely on others.
I do not know what you experienced during your first activations in 2022, but I can only confirm that the headline still holds true.
When I prepared for my first activation of the Tromm DM/HE-068 I read in a local forum that the old wooden tower was closed due to strucutal instability. Sad on one hand side I thought, but I concluded that the summit should be less crowded by visitors and that one of the picknick tables shown in several detailed maps should be available to me. Getting closer to the hilltop, the increasing noise level sounded suspicious and raised slight concerns. Finally, I had to face a generously fenced construction area and that the wooden „Irene Tower“ had been torn down already while something new and big was being raised.
None of the benches in the construction area was accesible, but luckily I found one a bit further down the trail and still within the activation area.
Back home I dug a bit deeper in the WWW and found out that they are building a „sky ladder“ with an ultimate hight of 33 m. I will wait with my next visit until the first 1000 visitors have proven that this „ladder to the sky“ will hold my weight and not tilt over.
My next experience was on the Kreuzberg DM/BM-241. I knew from previous visits that there were seats available. However, sometimes nature likes to play a trick on you. Although I had been there earlier in 2021 (February), the bench used before could hardly be detected this time (March 2022) because it was almost completely covered by snow.
Lesson learnt: better bring your own seat.
73 de Peter, DO4TE