Hi Pete, I emailed you 2 months ago asking questions of you about climbing. This site has fun stuff on it and serious, I guess you thought this to be serious? Firstly, I didn't say the up and down, if you read I said if you hike Whitney twice. And where did I mention driving or taking trams to the top of anywhere? If people can have a little fun with posting Mountains on Mars on this site then........................along with a lot of the same, fun stuff. What about setting goals?? Thanks though for your thoughts. Troy
Oh, didn't recall getting any e-mail from anybody the way it's been going. Except for some PMs here.
Like I said, MLC SC considers huge numbers impressive, so in that light I am responding to your assertions. People in need of something to promote their own egos, well figures can be exaggerated and falsified. We have people to immediately claim multiple list finishes, as soon as they hear it's all honor system.
Back when, the State of CA opened the doors to claims when it found Levis Pants Co. had been overcharging customers. By filling out paperwork, you were entitled to a substantial refund, based on how many jeans you purchased. One MLC SC I know filed his claim for 26 pairs (worn in about two years), one less than the 27 allowed. No receipts or proof were required. By him, that one less than the full amount was intended to deceive (being the honest sort of guy he was). I have never ever seen him wearing Levis. He fought for Hitler, by him, proudly and fiercely. Acclaimed by the MLC SC ("he fought for his country"). So the ethnic dislike (full fledged Nazi).
Anyway, this is the typical mentality here. So, counting peaks by height (when most climbers count the actual gain) of the summit in feet is nothing new. There's worse. By them, the numbers are higher in feet than in meters. So, you use the larger number, intended to deceive and confuse. We don't have the rest of the world here, so this is the way to be decided. Then there's pedometers. They can be set so they show more miles hiked than actually was. They claim 20 miles for a hike when it was more like 5 ("because that's what it said, and that's scientific measurement").
Such MLC SC stories would fill a book.