Thanks Alan, interesting observations. I appreciate the chance to bounce these ideas off the amazingly sharp people here on this forum.

Otherwise, I'm relegated to my own ruminations...

In fact, during my runs, I often do pointless but interesting math problems in my head, speculating on the mathematical aspects of Skyline. Perhaps you can guide my trail-crazed thinking.

For example, rounding off for purposes of simplicity, if Skyline is approximately 8000 feet of vertical displacement, and a hiker weighing 125 lbs climbs Skyline, he exerts the equivalent of lifting his weight (125) 1 foot upward 8000 times. So, if we multiply these two numbers, we get 1,000,000 pounds lifted one foot. Is this making sense?

So, for anyone who weighs at least 125 (and most of us qualify pretty easily there!) we've essentialy used the mountainside as a machine (ramp, not stairmaster,sorry Cynthia!) to lift 1,000,000 pounds one foot high. Right?

If that's right, then on Monday when you get back to work and people ask what you did this weekend...I betcha nobody else standing around the water cooler says, "I lifted a million pounds on Saturday." Boohoohooahhahhahh! (I'm not sure how to spell that, see Dilbert for correct spelling.)

Is this making sense, or am I just sounding like Crazydude. Even worse, what if I AM Crazydude? Scary. Well, there's only one way to find out . . . I'll have to moon the sheriff's helicopter and ask them if they recognize me!

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