benners wrote:EDIT: I forgot the final case which is that someone finishes the 14ers, has no intention of posting anything or asking anyone to post anything, and a friend just decides to do it for them. I'm sure this happens occasionally as well.
Been avoiding posting on this thread because it was obviously
started when my finisher thread popped up........but the above statement holds true for me. For those of you who assume I would ask someone to post a thread boasting about one of my accomplishments.....well........you obviously don't know me well enough. After one was started and many people whom I respect took the time to comment, isn't it only natural and common courtesy to respond ? I seriously hate all the drama and forum "rules and expectations". There are bigger things in life to get our panties all wadded up over.
Ditto, mtgirl. I had the same approach last weekend. Someone was kind enough to congratulate me (on their own, without my solicitation), and I was appreciative of the additional congratulations. Thus, I also responded, as I felt it was appropriate to thank them and others for the well-wishes. I think the majority of the congratulatory threads are unsolicitated. I honestly think it's just an act of kindness for someone else to recognize how big of an accomplishment finishing is. I think we (myself included) sometimes get a bit jaded and cynical, as we are all climbers, and get a bit caught up in "one upmanship." When I take a step back, I often just reflect on how lucky we all are to have our health and some spectular mountains and friends to share them with. I will continue to congratulate all finishers, as to each individual, it *IS* a significant accomplishment, it's inspiring, and it's something that unites us all in achieving a common goal. Hell, making just one summit is an accomplishment! Just ask my flatlander family who made their first only summit on Pikes Peak this past weekend.