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Age at work goes outdoors

by on September 14, 2018

In April and May 2018 Katrina Pritchard and William Fear conducted a leadership survey with Mountain Leaders and related organizations and, through Facebook, with members of groups that walk in the mountains. We received 459 completed questionnaires. The purpose of the survey was to: 1) get an understanding of the ‘mountain/hill-walking’ community; and 2) to explore perceptions of leadership among both professional and lay groups in relation to ‘Mountain Leadership’. An initial working paper on descriptive statistics is available here and further detailed findings will be reported at a later date once our analysis is complete.

From an age perspective, our initial review of results highlights some interesting statistics which we will be examining further.  For example, most male respondents were between 46 and 65 years old and most female respondents were between 26 and 55, illustrating some age/gender differences in participation which also carried through to organisational membership and achievement of leadership awards.  When looking a different activities, there was little difference in participation in hill/mountain walking but rapid declines in participation in climbing, kayaking, and mountain biking with age.

Katrina will be exploring age and gender more specifically as part of this work in the next stage of data analysis.

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