"Wow, 37 years? Very, very impressive, Bob!!"
So far, I have 36 consecutive years without fail. This year, if successful, will become 37. So, I must have begun when I was a tiny infant.
Part of the trick is in selecting your hiking buddies. Don't go with the newbies who might become sick, or else be prepared to abandon the ones who do.
I think I have been snowed upon during three of those years. You really need to plan for that. Rain, maybe another three or four years.
Ahh, the good one was the year that it was very cold. I reached the summit with a narrow margin from hypothermia. I signed in on the register and almost immediately started down since there was no view through the clouds. Another hiker was reaching the summit just then. This was a U.S. Marine on his way back to Pendleton (judging by the haircut) and he was carrying a huge fully-loaded duffle bag over one shoulder. He was wearing boots, trousers, and an o.d. t-shirt. I mean, this is a very odd place to see somebody carrying a heavy duffle bag.
I said to him, "You must be in the military."
His response, "Yes, Sir! U.S. Marine, Hoo-Rah."
You know, I'm very glad that our country has military guys as tough as that. I just wish that they had more sense.