In my secret life as a radio ham, I've recently go into SOTA - Summits on the Air. This scheme lists all peaks* worldwide and allocates a number of points for each, based on difficulty (altitude). _*To count peaks must have 150m of prominence - i.e. be 150m above any saddle linking them to another peak._ You can take a look at the map of NZ peaks and point scores here: https://ontheair.nz/summits (or see the official site at http://sota.org.uk) Now - the question. Would other trampers/climbers appreciate such a points-based peak-bagging scheme (for non-hams). I.e. just summit to bag the peak. == There is stuff out there already: I see we have peakbagging.co.nz with about 87 peaks listed and no categorization. Not really enough peaks or motivation to get me out there doing it ... and no reward vs effort. I see peakbagger.com listing peaks with all peaks of 600m of prominence for NZ. Great for alpinists - but what about normal folk who just want a Saturday stroll up a 1-pointer? == I'd love to see a scheme similar to SOTA for trampers in NZ with peaks for all abilities and scoring to suit. Anyone else interested? I'll take silence as 'no'!
I noticed the CUTC recently had a 48hr hut bagging competition and wondered if they similarly weighted points by difficulty/remoteness
There is an international peak bagger site called Peakery. It has a NZ section but not a lot of active users for the NZ peaks. Here is a link.https://peakery.com/
Fellow SOTA activator here. The points system is quite cool and gives another kick of motivation to get out there. I'd be keen for a pure peak based system as sometimes it's painful trying to get 4 QSO to qualify for SOTA. Imagine something similar to hut bagger?
Interesting. The points based system is a good idea. My beef with the SOTA rules is that unless you live near a major range, you quickly exhaust the short drive day trip options, and have to get expeditionary. I have a personal peak bagging scheme where anything marked on a map counts and still have a few local peaks yet to be climbed. Count me as interested though.
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