Wainwrights in Numbers, 2017

Published 27 December 2017

Looking out towards the Far Eastern Fells at Nethermost Pike

I like a good graph. Graphs are great. They can show you data and everything. They can make information easy to see. They’re interesting.

I like a good graph.

I like plotting them for fellbagging. Especially at the end of the year. I’ve done so several times. And I’m going to do it again. Well, after all, I did install a charts plugin for my website. Got to use it for something, haven’t I?

So as 2017 slowly ends, here’s some graphs. Woot. Get in.

Two years ago, I’d done 25.2% of the Wainwrights. This year that’s gone up to 33.2%! Brilliant! Yes, that’s 71 fells of the 214.

But how many fells am I doing a year? Well let’s look and see.

Now last year was bad. Just 5 fells bagged. Was that a result of having a newborn baby? Why yes, I think it was. But in 2015 I managed 13 fells. And, well blow me down with a feather, this year I managed 13 fells too. Now I actually did more than that, but because three of the fells I did this year were revisits, they do nothing for the chart.

What’s that you say? What’s the average number of fells I’m doing in a year? Well I’m glad you asked because I have the figures here in this envelope. Now bear with me whilst I open it. Ah yes, here we go. It’s 8.875 per year! And if I keep on doing 8.875 fells a year, it will take me another 17 years to do them all.

That might sounds a long time. But 2034 is not that far away. And besides, based on 2015’s figures, I was predicting I’d be finished in 2040. I’ve brought it in by six years already. A few more? I’m sure it’s possible.

And now it’s time for a breakdown, as that En Vogue song went for no apparent reason. You know, the one from 1992? Yes, that one.

Yes, the Western Fells figure is a bit gloomy. No fells at all? Boo! And to be honest, the fact that in many areas I’m still a way of doing 50% of the fells. But look at that. I’ve now done 71% of the Eastern Fells! There’s just ten more for me to do, and I’ll have finished a whole Pictorial Guide! Maybe next year will see me reach that milestone. Cos let’s be honest, this final chart really is a bit depressing…

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