/ Why were fewer routes logged on UKC in 2012 than 2011?
I was just wondering if anyone knew why 2012 has significantly less routes added compared to 2011.
A few ideas I thought of where that the weather was worse than other years (I personally didn't notice it being particularly worse than usual), or perhaps people are using other online logbooks.
Another thought I had is that people may add all their routes from a previous year in one go, and these haven't been added yet.
I personally use the ukc logbooks more than any other part of the website, and believe they are a great resource to the community. It would be a real shame if the numbers dwindled as user input is such an integral part to making it work.
UKC Staff Edit: The title of this post has been edited. Read the UKC response lower down this thread for details.
Did you not see the weather last summer?
definitely the weather
Rain stopped play, not a single tick for diluted between october and January.
It never stopped raining!
I think it depended which part of the country you were in, usually the bits with hills are wetter.
Not sure; it's been a while!
ps. Do you want a Small Ammo? I'm selling Emily's boat.
The weather was absolute shite all year, so much so that I climbed outdoors only once and even then it was pissing down.
Despite the hideous wetness I climbed outdoors 72 times from January to September last year and got 47 route done (including quite a few redpoint projects) - mostly in Cheddar!
Mind you, I think I have become an amphibian...
Hi Deacondeacon, your original thread title was incorrect, so I have edited it.
Your original thread title: Why are fewer people using the UKC logbooks?
My new thread title: Why were fewer routes logged on UKC in 2012 than 2011?
There are more users actively using the UKC logbooks now than ever before, and this number is still steadily growing.
People actively using logbooks on UKC:
Dec 2011 - 16,529
Dec 2012 - 19,635
As to why there were less actual routes ticked last year than the year before, I'm not sure, but it could be the weather. There are more people adding their climbs, but the amount they have done has decreased.
Hope that's useful,
Hopefully this year will hit half a million ascents.
Yeah, pretty clear upward trend until last year.
Definitely go with the weather - both poor winter season and very wet summer across anywhere south of the highlands (which actually had a good summer - not that you'd know it from the London oriented news in the UK)
Now that would be cool, and I think we should probably offer a prize for the 500,000th route logged. And a bonus prize if it is 3 Pebble Slab.
I shall see what I can come up with as we get close to the figure.
Yes, that's the way to do it - research the weather and be flexible. And stubborn. On one hard (for me) redpoint, I did it with cloths pre-stuffed into three crucial sopping wet pockets. Pulled them out as I got to them, put them back in for the next attempt. The good thing about it is that when you get on a project and it is actually dry, it feels soooo much easier.
There was a trip up Tower Ridge in winter too, that ended when my mate got ill at Little Tower and we wandered back down but that was a cracking day out, I did nothing but smile.
Whilst I think the logbook is great, it really didn't reflect my year at all.
Ha! I just checked how many routes I'd logged in 2012 compared to you Jimbo and we've both logged exactly the same - 233 routes! :o)
> There are more people adding their climbs, but the amount they have done has decreased.
It rained a lot
I've no idea. Personally I logged 318 routes in 2011 and 422 in 2012.
I'd question your use of the word "significantly" though.
<boring pedant>And of course the word "less" instead of "fewer" </boring pedant>
(And the weather...and the fact that you can still go mountain biking in the rain)
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