I have achieved my 2011 SOTA goals: Shack Sloth and some activations.
This has been my first SOTA year and a most enjoyable one. The chaser points have been steadily building up over the year and a QSO with EC1CW yesterday on EA1/LU-002 took me over the 1,000 chaser points. I managed two activations: G/DC-007 where I got thoroughly soaked, legs scratched by the gorse and had no visibility and G/SE-001 the highest summit nearest my home QTH. I hope to do another activation before the year end. Very modest achievements but they have given me lots of pleasure.
I am not sure what my 2012 SOTA goals will be yet but will probably include having SOTA QSOs above 30MHz and working out a much more effective way of lugging the 857, LIPOs and antennas up the summit.
I want to express my thanks to the SOTA creators and the hard work done by the SOTA MTs to keep it all going.
Happy Christmas to all SOTA Chasers and Activators. I raise my glass of mulled wine to you all.