te-wa wrote:the aeg for any given hike is usually automatically calculated at time trip is submitted. for most hikes i do, that follow the described trip about 75%, i'll go to a MAP for the 25% off-trail or additional hiking i did during the outing. then, just add that extra distance/aeg to my trip log when i create it. im not too caring of the distance, elevation changes, or whatever else matters while keeping track of ones "history" but i was curiously trying to see if i would break 500 mi. this year. doesnt look like im gonna. the nice thing tho, is the majority of my backpacked miles are new territory, which i think, is the point of hiking in the first place, to see what AZ has to offer. Im not the guy who will hike a mountain 36 times in a row just to rack up elevation or to stay in shape or whatever. i think the secret, hidden canyons and peaks in AZ are worth a 1 hour drive!
enjoy Italy dude.
You do have to differentiate between people who go hike something like Camelback every day just to show off and people who are severely restricted by schedule, family commitments, etc. I might only have three hours to hike on a given weekend. Two hours of driving are out. I have a coworker who goes and runs the same three trails every couple of days because they're conducive to running. Based on that he wouldn't be taken for a "hiker" though he just went up Denali this year. Both of us probably wish we could go and do what te-wa and others with more flexibility do on a regular basis, but I refuse to accept my average experience in the outdoors as less rewarding, regardless.
I actually don't think there's anything wrong at all with going and hiking something like Blackett's three times a week for a few months to get into shape to go do a longer hike or just be stronger outdoors. The vast majority of the people we hike past on the popular trails who never go beyond the first mile or so are just there to get a little exercise in the outdoors.