Naismith's Hiking Rule

Estimate hike times

  • Ever wondered how long a hike will take? In 1892, Scottish mountaineer William W. Naismith came up with a rule to establish how long a hike would take given the distance travelled and height climbed. He decided to allow an hour for every 3 miles travelled, and half an hour for every 1000 feet ascended. Shortly afterwards, another gentleman named Tranter made a table of corrections to account for different fitnesses. At the turn of the century, hikers would memorise Naismith's Rule and carry Tranter's table of corrections - now, a hundred years later, you can carry an equivalent that is somewhat heavier, requires batteries and operates poorly when wet. You can't stop progress!
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  • 2010-10-16 19:33
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Can't get any other hikes except the first page
2011-01-18 05:43 givanov
2010-11-28 09:43 pugwonk
Interesting tool despite odd name :) Pretty cool for getting a ballpark for hiking time
2010-11-19 05:33 kikirae
Why is this in the games section?
2010-11-15 19:29 Soteriologist
Nifty tool. Very handy.
2010-11-15 06:10 Aligheri3
As a light hiker, I find this app very helpful for me to plan a hike. Great idea and integral execution.
2010-10-19 04:59 tenochititlan
2010-10-25 07:20 pugwonk
Naismith's Hiking Rule - Average rating : 8 - Max : 10 - Based on 7 ratings and 7 reviews.