After some thought I have to say that I’m not sure the seasonal bonus is a good idea. I know the final decision is down to the activator wether to venture out or not but the ‘dangling carrot’ of extra bonus points could sway the decision into that of going out in far from ideal conditions.
Phil OBK had a rough time of late as I did activating Fountains Fell back in January and thankfully on these occasions nobody came to any harm.
So what should take it’s place you may ask? How about scrapping the seasonal bonus in favour of being allowed to activate summits twice in a calender year? Say, either side of summer solistice or some other set date. As well as taking safety into consideration I’m sure that this would increase activations towards the back end of the year when activators have done all their ‘local’ summits and a reluctant to travel further afield due to cost or time. In my opinion and ideal time to start this would be 1st January 2011.
I am aware that any proposals to rule changes are swiftly rebuffed by the MT but in the interest of safety and indeed SOTA itself I ask that this idea or somethiing similar be taken into consideration and a result given in maybe a couple of weeks time.
73 Chris 2E0FSR