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Naismith’s Rule

Naismith’s Rule is a rule of thumb that helps in the planning of a walking or hiking expedition by calculating how long it will take to walk the route, including ascents. The rule was devised by William W. Naismith, a Scottish mountaineer, in 1892. The basic rule is as follows:

Light easy going – 5 km per hour.
Easy going – 3 km per hour.
Heavy going – 1½  km per hour.
Thick bush, heavy going – ½  km per hour.

Climbing 500m add 1 hour.
Descending 1000m add 1 hour.
For every hour after 5 hours add 1 hour (for fatigue).

(1/3 reduction for fit experienced walkers).

For more information please visit the Wikipedia here.

Scout Hike Antics

Three patrols of our scouts went to Scout Hike in Wingello State Forest last weekend. One patrol of our older scouts were there for their last Scout Hike. The competitive spirit went out the window, but they had a lot of fun. Thanks to Cotter Erickson for shooting this video and sending it on to us.