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Question: Forum Members Age Survey :: Total Votes:133
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Teens 0  [0.00%]
20's 2  [1.50%]
30's 17  [12.78%]
40's 32  [24.06%]
50's 46  [34.59%]
60's 33  [24.81%]
70's 2  [1.50%]
80's 0  [0.00%]
90's 1  [0.75%]
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After reading Hikerjer's thread wondering about members' age... I thought I would create a poll.  It's all anon. -- but feel free too add your comments.

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48, but feels like 90 at times.

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Sure, 60s now, but I use to be in my 50s!!!

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I love marking "30's" on this sort of thing.  At 39, it makes me feel much younger than I actually am.  :)

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I love marking "30's" on this sort of thing.  At 39, it makes me feel much younger than I actually am.  :)

I'm in the opposite place--I've only been 50 for a few month, and now I'm in my 50s!

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I'm with RebeccaD as I turned 50 in July and really wanted to mark 50 not 50's

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I turned 40 this year. Wahhhhhh.....

I was 28 I think when I found BP :p


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Like Ponderosa, I'm 39 also . . . er . . . going on 61 .

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So far, looks like the highest percentage of respondents are in their 50's... I'm 52.

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Mid 30's here. Guess I'm in the minority.

I feel like hiking isnt as popular with the younger crowds these days, or at least devoting enough it it that youd be a regular on hiking specific forums.


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Mid 30's here. Guess I'm in the minority.

I feel like hiking isnt as popular with the younger crowds these days, or at least devoting enough it it that youd be a regular on hiking specific forums.

I'd hedge more that forums are not as popular with younger people. When I found BP in my late 20's, forums were all there was to use. Facebook changed a lot of that. Overall forums are a dying breed - some are still good, but many are shadows of what they were 8 or so years ago.

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Okay 49 answers to the poll. If we assume the average age of members in their 30s is 35, members in their 40s is 45, and so on, then the average age of all those answering the poll is 52.8 years. Correct?

Yes, I'm ignoring the one answer in the 90s, because I'm betting that is Marmotstew. Heh, heh.


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Mid 30's here. Guess I'm in the minority.

I feel like hiking isnt as popular with the younger crowds these days, or at least devoting enough it it that youd be a regular on hiking specific forums.

I'd hedge more that forums are not as popular with younger people. When I found BP in my late 20's, forums were all there was to use. Facebook changed a lot of that. Overall forums are a dying breed - some are still good, but many are shadows of what they were 8 or so years ago.


Hiking seems to be just as popular with people 18-25. I work with college students, and we always end up taking about hiking, backpacking, camping, travelling, etc. It's just as sabar said: All the young kids in their 20s are sending each other Snapchat and Instagram videos of their hiking photos.

I'm 34 now and starting visiting/posting here in my late-20s. I prefer checking out these types of forums, because there are actually some interesting discussions, ideas, and debates that don't occur when you're just posting pictures or 6 seconds of video. I don't mind is less people are posting on forums, as long as the quality of the discussion is higher than it is in other places.
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Yup, forums are toys for oldsters reliving their days of greatness and wonder.

They don't move very fast and are better with an actual computer, rather than a phone.
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42. One thing that has surprised me is that I see as many older people, though mostly dayhiking, on the trails as I do younger ones.
I talked to a group of women who were probably 60s-70s at Table Rock SP, SC in April that I had met, along with their husbands, at DuPont State Forest, NC last November. They were full of smiles and laughter, and gave me a more positive perspective of this "getting old" stuff, and retirement.
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I'm 44. I started reading here in early 30s and started posting here in late 30s.

I'm a bit surprised that we have zero respondents in their 20s.


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I started here in my early 20's, still posting at 34 now, which I guess still puts me as a youngin' around here.

As others noted, I think mobile-friendly social media apps dominate with the younger crowd now, perhaps at the expense of deeper conversation as vinovampire pointed out.  Website forums are kinda seen as an older, boring relic of internet communications.  If they made a "forum app" for this website you'd probably see more younger involvement, although perhaps at the expense of posting quality (most folks aren't all that interested in writing longer well-thought posts in 5 seconds on a smartphone app).  I've been on other forums that implemented Apps and quickly saw an influx of one-liner comments that often had little to do with the actual topic, just a quick-thought after a quick-partial-read.


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They don't move very fast and are better with an actual computer, rather than a phone.

In part because this old fart can't see the danged phone. . . .

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Yup, forums are toys for oldsters reliving their days of greatness and wonder.

They don't move very fast and are better with an actual computer, rather than a phone.

In part because this old fart can't see the danged phone. . . .

Not to mention the difficulty of tapping on a teeny tiny phone screen with arthritic fingers!

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Mid 30's here. Guess I'm in the minority.

I feel like hiking isnt as popular with the younger crowds these days, or at least devoting enough it it that youd be a regular on hiking specific forums.

I'd hedge more that forums are not as popular with younger people. When I found BP in my late 20's, forums were all there was to use. Facebook changed a lot of that. Overall forums are a dying breed - some are still good, but many are shadows of what they were 8 or so years ago.

Yeah thats what I was getting at, though I rarely have ever seen a high percentage of hikers in their teens-20's unless they are part of an organization (scouts, etc). But the FB and other social media stuff makes sense. Personally I hate them, but still love forums. Not sure why, I guess forums are more open, and you can better choose what topics, or threads, to read. Social media just gets full of BS. I havent signed into my FB in like 2 years. Frankly I don't even want to support those organizations by having an account. Though I tend to share lots of personal information on forums, the social media places seem to me like they know far to much about you and too easy for the government or whomever to acquire your data.


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I love marking "30's" on this sort of thing.  At 39, it makes me feel much younger than I actually am.  :)

I'm in the opposite place--I've only been 50 for a few month, and now I'm in my 50s!

I really wish the poll had been for "age at first posting."  :p
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I am one of the older ones here (67) and like others have sadly seen the forum activity decrease over the last few years.  The forum has introduced me to lot of great folks both young and old.

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I'm in my 50's for another 13.5 months....

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Pfftt, age, its just a number......
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Hah.... I'm 65 and have shirts older than you.  :p

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Age is a formidable opponent worthy of your respect, sonny boy. :)
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Does anyone know how this survey is lining up with the population in general, U.S. or otherwise?
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So, I was talking with a customer today about BWCA, and he was kinda surprised by the number of young (twenty something) who do not go there. He said over the past few years, the average age of hikers has gone up to the early 50s. His perception is that no one over 20 or 30 ever goes there. I find that hard to believe. But maybe he's right. Just seems off to me.

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His perception is that no one over 20 or 30 ever goes there. I find that hard to believe. But maybe he's right.

They're too busy playing with their various electronic devices.

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