I was just browsing the database to find out which summits in England and Wales have not been activated this year and there were very few indeed. One thing led to another and my mind wandered and I decided to look at the Northern Ireland summit database and was surprised that some summits although activated at some time in the past are very rare indeed - for example, Mid Hill GI/AI-006 in the Antrim Hills last activated by GI0RQK/P on 20 Jul 2002. I tried to pull up the OS map using the normal link - zilch! I was appalled to see that the best that I could find online is nothing more than a simple road atlas. Therefore to actually research a potential activation the relevant sheet of the OSNI Discoverer 1:50,000 series has to be obtained.
In G, GM and GW we certainly have it easy. There is no need to make the effort to purchase the appropriate map before an activation since the 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 are available for download on OS Get-a-map. Richard’s POI file for the TomTom has also taken out all of the hard work in route planning.
I wonder whether this need for additional preparation is putting potential activators off.