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2020 has been one hell of a year for me and Summit On the Air (SOTA). As you can see in the table below, 2019 was busy, but 2020 achievements were insane, given that I racked up 104 summits for 543 points (and I’m not retired). That's a 68% increase in summits and 48% more points. Also, there was 66% more climbing year over year, for a total of 83,390 feet climbed while doing SOTA. Also, as you can see in the table below, I focused more on summit-to-summit (S2S) contacts points. This year I had a 258% more S2S than 2019. For 2020, I ranked #3 in California for both S2S points and total points for the year. I was within 4 points of placing second but just didn’t feel like hitting the road for hours to reach enough points. Yup, caught a case of the lazys.
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On the way up I wrote a small note about the mountain, bushwhacking and SOTA, called “SOTA Darma: Bushwhacking”.
SOTA Darma: Bushwhacking
Bushwhacking success comes after multiple battles on the mountain within which planning, along with hundreds or thousands of small decisions and thoughtful steps are contained. But don’t be misled by my words, the mountain is not my enemy, but my teacher, for after every hike, I give gratitude to the mountain.
After making a nice late from the machine, I headed out for the 1+ hour drive up by lake Elsinore.