The whole SOTA is right up my street, but sadly health precludes me from attempting anything more than a gentle incline, never mind anything resembling a summit?
Brooding on the subject I came up with a possible alternative for those in the same boat and would like some feedback on whether its do-able or a waste of time?
How about LOTA…Lakes On The Air?
SOTA’s attraction is the use of higher ground to get your signal out, with the attraction being the higher peaks & hills. By ‘activating’ lakes & lochs, the difficult part is those lakes surrounded by higher hills are more technically challenging?
Some nice open aspect lake in a local park could equate with the lowest LOTA grade of hill, while some obscure Tarn in the peak district would require some work to work a number of stations from.
From experience I have seen some beautiful lochs that can be accessed relatively easily from the road and parking places, but may be surrounded by anything from nice rolling hills to the jagged peaks of the Cuillins!
Im askng this in all seriousness, even a short stroll could mean the use of an oxygen bottle for some of us, so SOTA is a dream. This way we could also enjoy some outdoor radio in the same vein as SOTA.
Over to you guys?