First, I bumped the year up to next year since no one posted in 2018 since Liz, in January.
I've been looking at my stats a bit more lately as I approach 2 good sized milestones ( 3 million feet of AEG since starting to log on HAZ, and 200K for the year), and also having crossed another ( 8,000 miles since I began logging on HAZ). Today, I noticed that at least with regard to AEG, yearly totals are down quite a bit over prior years. Mileage appears to still be pretty high for some, but I don't pay as much attention to that figure.
If memory serves, AEG totals peaked out somewhere about 5 to 6 years ago. I'm not sure which year saw the greatest numbers of people with high numbers, but I guess I could look. It seemed like for a while there were people all over the place putting up 400K and 500k years. Over all totals will probably be down for the year, too. There was that 1 year with a reported total over 800,000'. We'll never really know if a gone member actually did what they say they did, but I think the 800,000' figure was as close to accurate and honest as could be. The other figure, well....
This year, I observe that only 3 people are over 300K feet, and they are all over 500k'. In fact, I would bet that Lee, current spot #4 holder will end up the only other member to cross 300,000'. I doubt most anyone else will suddenly come from behind to do so. I'm going to be happy to go over 200k.
The obvious answer to some, a certain Tucsonian perhaps, may be so what, who cares? Indeed, it isn't that important, but I wonder about such things as I stop along the Finger Rock trail to ponder life's mysteries. Are people hiking as much but logging less? Are they hiking less, period? Are they still hiking the events, but trimming the trainers? These, I wonder. Is it more that the instagramification of out society is leading to more selfies on summits, and less written logs? Perhaps, we'll never know.
Personally, I care, but I really try not to obsess over AEG any more. I do want to still get out and hike, and I do want to stay in shape. Mostly, I need to get out for more events. I think I have the training down.
Last edited by Jim_H
on Nov 08 2018 3:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
If you're having trail problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but hiking ain't one.