A large squid pole on a summit immediately attracts the attention of other people. Even if no sound can be heard (because I’m always using headphones). If the summit is crowded, you don’t have to wait long until the first person appears and starts asking questions.
Unfortunately people tend to show up right at the moment when the pile- up starts. Then, because I don’t want to stall the pile- up, I just hand them a SOTA- flyer and mumble a few friendly words. I’m sure I could have explained better if there was more time for a chat.
Over the last year or so the idea was born to design a flyer for „dummies“. It should be suitable to answer the basic questions of passing hikers without further explanation (e.g. because the operator is busy on the radio).
In five years the questions being asked were more or less the same:
- What are you doing?
- Is this a fishing rod? / What are you going to catch up here?
- What do you measure? (people like the idea that someone is „measuring“ something if he carries technical equipment outside)
These questions (and some more) are answered in my new SOTA-Flyer_v2.2. Right now it is German only. An English version will be available soon.