/ Achievement in mountaineering survey
My name is Russell and I am currently doing my final year project at university. It would be super helpful if you could take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey. There is only seven questions to answer and none of which require any personal information. The questions are aimed at people who have experienced climbing mountains.
I first posted a survey in the Rocktalk forum and I had a fantastic number of responses, though my survey had many flaws which were kindly pointed out. I have changed a few of the questions so I hope this time the survey will make more sense. The reason I have posted in the Hilltalk forum this time is that I think it could be a more relevant for for the questions.
I'd like thank you all in advance for taking the time to read this message and again for filling out the survey.
I will be happy to answer any questions via email firstname.lastname@example.org or from comments to this message.
Sorry mate. I gave up when it asked me to list stuff from 1 to 9. Most of my answers were up at the nine end.
Good luck with the project.
I found this very difficult.
I didn't understand question 4, and I don't know the answer to question 5, and most of the other questions I couldn't answer because they assumed I climb for a sense of achievement, which I don't. There was only one response in the whole questionaire which mention enjoyment, or 'fun' as you called it.
I'm struggling to understand in the context of this survey where hill walking ends and mountain climbing starts ? is the Pyg track on Snowdon considered as 'climbing a mountain'.
Another thing with these surveys, I'm sure I'm not alone in not having a particular preferred method of ascending a mountain - it depends on the mountain and my companions.
And what subject are you supposed to be studying ?
You need a proof reader, I could not get past the poor English.
Like others found, some of these questions did not make sense.
Sorry, got as far as question 6 and couldn't continue - it wants me to rate 9 things, none of which are of any importance to me, in order of precedence. And question 7 wants me to rate 4 things, all of which bare equal.
So rather than just number them from the top down and give you misleading results, I decided not to bother.
Sorry I tried, but it kept asking me to complte questions I had already completed!
And what subject are you supposed to be studying ?
Sorry my questions confused you. I'll try and make some parts clearer. Tradition or Trad is a way to climb using passive and mechanical protection in order to keep you safe. Mixed is usually Ice and Trad climbing mixed on a winter line. Alpine is often very long routes where one might be wearing B2 boots and occasionally have to spend the night out etc.
Hope that helps a bit.
Tried again, but same message. The survey doesn't seem to allow for putting equal emphasis on various reasons.
Sorry, but I did try!
I think that's the problem, I honestly cannot rank the reasons from 1 to 9 in order of importance. A few rank at about 4 on the scale, the rest are about 8. I don't give a shit about competition, approval or affiliation, for example, so how can I rank them in order of importance? They all equally rate about 8 or 9 to me.
Sorry Russ. Same problem. Q6 I had seven 9s and two 5s. None of them would class as important and how do you choose between seven 'I couldn't give a monkey's?'
In this country, a 'trad' ascent is 90 % or more of walking with - if you are lucky - maybe 100m of actual climbing. The mountain is somewhat incidental to the climbing route part in most cases.
I couldn't answer the survey.
You asked for me to order responses, and I couldn't.
My experiences do not fit the categories you have devised.
Perhaps one of the lessons from the feedback is that there is stuff going on with how and why people climb mountains that do not fit your theoretical framework.
Another lesson might be to think some more about how you construct a survey.
Not trying to be over critical, but surely if the framework 'doesn't suit' most people, then the basic premise is flawed? It seems you have a peconceived idea, (cribbed from a sports journal), about why people undertake an activity. The overwhelming response on here seems to be that these motivations don't really figure in most peoples psyche. Surely that should be written up?
The critical comments on this forum are outweighed by the amount of surveys that are finished. So in that respect it does suit many people.
Don't worry about being over critical. If you feel the need to say something, that's what the comments are for I guess. So thanks.
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