So, I'm back in an area where there is a lot of hiking available for AEG, if I chose to do it, or do the same stuff over and over again. I should easily make a reasonable goal of 150,000' for 2012. Still, I'm seeing some very impressive totals amongst top members for the year, and that begs the question of what one has to do to reach some arbitrary, but noteworthy mile stones.
To hike 100,000' in a year, a hiker need only average 1923' per week, or 2 Squaw Peaks.
For 250,000', you need to average 4808' per week, or 2 Eldens.
For 300,000', you need to average 5770', or a little more than an Elden and a Humphrey every week.
For 500,000', it's 9615' every week, or 1373 a day.
For 1 million feet per year, a hiker must average 19230 feet per week, which is just under 3,000' a day, on average.
So, in 2013, can we expect a new record for the site?
Me, I just want to get back over 200,000'. 250 would be nice, but I don't expect it. I came so close to 300,000 in 2010 and would have easily made that in 2011 had I not moved to Kayenta, but I don't believe I have the time or motivation to hit 300,000'. But, you never know.
I think Monsoon season will begin around June 20, plus or minus 5 days, not by the calendar according to the NWS, but when dew points rise dramatically, and it begins to rain over the Sacramento Mountains. It will start about 10 days later in Arizona.