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Added by on 2012-11-03

Learn how to determine your Pace Count for Land Navigation. How far you have hiked or the distance traveled must be included into your land navigation. A short video that is easy and fun to practice.

Pace is part of your dead reckoning process – a method that allows you to calculate the approximate distance you have traveled. Start by measuring off a lane that is 100 meters from start to finish on level terrain. Start walking at a regular hiking rate you can maintain for a long distance. Count one leg, one footfall, as a pace. The instructor uses his left leg by habit, but use what you feel best.

If you start with the left leg, first count each time your left foot hits the ground. Use your pace beads, and, after traveling 100 meters, pull down one bead. As you cross the threshold of 900 meters and into 1 kilometer, pull down the kilometer bead to the knot. Now reset all of your 100-meter beads.

Pace beads, also called “pace counter beads” allow you to know your pace count if you are dehydrated and tired; it is easy to loose a mental count and pace beads can help you with this process. A great tool for backpackers, or during any type of hiking so that you can keep track of how far you have gone while navigating.

Points to remember:

  • Count each time your left foot hits the ground then pull down a bead from the 9-bead side. This equals 100 meters per bead. At 1,000 meters pull down a I kilometer bead and reset the 100meter beads.
  • Your pace can and will change when walking up or downhill and if the terrain is more rugged.
  • Pacing is simply one part of the dead reckoning process, so be sure to watch other videos for tools to plot your position, so you are not relying on one basic tool.

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