Project Mountain Goat – Final Stats!

Project Mountain Goat – Final Statistics!

Now that PMG is over I thought I would share the final walking statistics from the project. All the data was collected from using my Garmin etrex 20 GPS and uploaded to MountainViews.ie. All 101 routes/walks are downloadable to anyone who wants to use them. You can also view them on MountainViews, just look out for all the “PMG routes”. Data from a GPS, like distance and height gain walked are subject to inaccuracy. The GPS tracks aren’t entirely precise as a result of track simplification, inaccuracy in taking GPS measurements from a moving device, gaps between readings etc. In other words, the stats can be slightly off the exact amount of meters in height climbed and the amount of kilometers walked. Of course this can mean that the distance and height gain can be more or less than reported in the data. For arguments sake, the data is correct. I would also like to take the chance to say if you are using any of my routes via GPS, please be careful, some of these recorded routes will take you through some tough and wild terrain. There can be scrambling involved, crawling through baby forest, bushwhacking through ferns, heather and gorse, not to mention general steep ground! I would also say, “have fun”! πŸ˜‰ Here are the stats!

MV User Stats - SimoBurn, yes that's me! The numbers in bold are the completed lists!

MV User Stats – SimoBurn, yes that’s me! The numbers in bold are the completed lists!

Project Mountain Goat Statistics:

  • Project Started on: 10th January 2014
  • Project Finished on: 27th December 2014
  • Number of Walks: 101 Walks
  • Number of Days Walking: 86 Days
  • Total Walking Time: 581 Hours and 29 Minutes
  • Total Distance Walked: 2383.80 Kilometers
  • Total Ascent Meters: 126563 Meters
  • Total Descent Meters: 125865 Meters
  • Total PMG Summits: 455 (PMG summits are Arderins (A) & Vandeleur-Lynams (VL))
    Throughout the 101 walks many minor summits were climbed along the way too.
    Edit* At the time of writing there were 454 Arderins and Vandeleur-Lynams, as of April 2015 there has been 1 VL added which I had climbed last year while on a PMG walk, meaning the count was automatically updated for me πŸ™‚
  • Total Non-PMG Summits: 194 (Non-PMG Summits are minor summits and hills)
    Edit* At the time of writing I had climb 193 non PMG summits. However a summit that I did climb while on a PMG walk has now be officially added to the Mountain Views database, so again meaning the count was automatically updated for me πŸ™‚

    Adding up all these summits gave me a total of 649 summits climbed during the project!
  • Total Summits: 649

Throughout the year on days off or after work I did a number of smaller walks that had nothing to do with Project Mountain Goat. The aim of PMG was to climb all 455 summits of the Arderins and Vandeleur-Lynams in one year. However, I found that in-between trips away I wanted to keep the legs “fit for walking”, so I climbed some additional minor summits too. These summits were mostly found in the list “My Local 100” summits on MountainViews. The list is not yet completed by myself, but I may tick some of this list off in the coming year. I also worked my way through another list of summits on MountainViews.ie called the “Irish County Highpoints“. As many, but not all, summits from this list would be climbed as part of PMG, I managed to climb the few extra that I would need to complete the list by the 30th of December 2014. The stats for all these extra summits/walks are as follows:

Statistics from the extra walks:

  • Time Period for the extra Walks: 10th January 2014 – 30th December 2014
  • Number of Walks: 17 Walks
  • Number of Days Walking: 12 Days
  • Total Walking Time: 25 Hours and 56 Minutes
  • Total Distance Walked: 124.50 Kilometers
  • Total Ascent Meters: 3767 Meters
  • Total Descent Meters: 3776 Meters
  • Total Non-PMG Summits: 21 (Non-PMG Summits are minor summits and hills)
    These 21 extra summits were climbed as there own walks and did not include any PMG summits along the way.
MountainViews Website - Route Planning with real OSI mapping!

MountainViews Website – Route Planning with real OSI mapping!

In the interests of adding it all up and seeing what the stats are like from PMG and the extra walks, this is what it would look like:

Project Mountain Goat and The Extra Walks – Combined Statistics!

  • Time Period for all Walks: 10th January 2014 – 30th December 2014
  • Number of Walks: 118 Walks
  • Number of Days Walking: 98 Days
  • Total Walking Time: 607 Hours and 25 Minutes
  • Total Distance Walked: 2508.30 Kilometers
  • Total Ascent Meters: 130330 Meters
  • Total Descent Meters: 129641 Meters
  • Total PMG Summits: 455 (PMG summits are Arderins (A) & Vandeleur-Lynams (VL))
    Throughout the 101 walks many minor summits were climbed along the way too.
  • Total Non-PMG Summits: 215 (Non-PMG Summits are minor summits and hills from PMG and from the “extra walks” which include the County Highpoint summits.)
  • Total Summits: 670!!!

In terms of “lists”, the like that MountainViews promotes, there are a view different ones. You can read about them here. I myself completed the Arderins, Vandeleur-Lynams, Irish County Highpoints and The Highest 100 throughout 2014. More than I had hoped/set out to have climbed and completed. Needless to say these lists would normally be spread out over a longer time period than one year, and, I would honestly think it more enjoyable to do it so. However, for those looking to speed their way through them in an “endurance style challenge”, it is just that, then good luck, be safe, and enjoy it! It will certainly be an adventure! I would recommend spending some time not just in front of maps but also in front of your computer screen looking at www.mountainviews.ie. There is so much useful information up there on each and every summit in each list! Also check out their Facebook Fanpage here and their Twitter Page here.

Cheers for reading guys. Next up will be a post of; “The Credits for Project Mountain Goat”. There are many people to thank and I want to take the time in doing so. Watch this space!

Simon

Sunrise on Knocklettercuss in North Mayo.

Sunrise on Knocklettercuss in North Mayo.

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