This is an issue far to often for activations. There are so many essential items you need to remember to take with you to the summit. The thing that seems to get forgotten most often is the Summit Reference. How? Why?
My one error was editing an old text spot on my phone, and missing one character in that process. I knew exactly where I was, but that one character slipped past me in the edit. Now I always put out a fresh text. Problem solved…
I ALWAYS take a GPS with a good Topo of the summit area. I save the summit Database coordinates as a Waypoint, and the name of the Waypoint is the Summit Reference. When I am on a summit, if that waypoint is saved in my GPS, the Reference Number for that summit will be at the top of the list in the GPS.
I imagine some write the Reference Numbers down in advance. What other strategies do activators employ? Obviously trying to do it by memory often doesn’t work all that well.
Just come up with a system. Put it on your checklist of things to remember, along with all the other essential gear. Thoughts?
And when someone announces that they gave out a wrong reference, do they at some point go into the Database to see which contacts didn’t get the message, for a follow up email?