Perfect for making a pacing counter! Simply slip 10 of these locking toggles onto a 1.2 length of paracord, attach it to your rucksack and move one down every 100 m you walk.
On level ground we each walk a natural number of steps in a given distance.
In land navigation we determine how many paces it takes for you personally to walk 100 m, this is called your Pacing Count, or your PC. This known number of steps can be used to determine how far you have travelled. This system of navigation is called Ded Reckoning and is one of the most important techniques you will learn. It is often used in poor weather/visibility and at night.
Determining your Pacing Count
Select a level piece of ground, a football pitch is ideal. Use your map to measure 100 m or better still, measure it out with your distance lanyard.
From your starting line walk at your normal pace and count your double step – if you start by putting your left leg forward first, count every step thereafter of your right foot only – this is a double step and counts as one pace.
Stop at the end of the distance and record this number.
Repeat this, as you need to relax into your stride, and make sure that you are both counting and pacing consistently.
This number of paces is your personal PC (typically this varies from 55, for very tall people, to 75, for people with short legs). You now know your personal PC
Calculating distance travelled ≤ 100 m
Now you know your own PC on this terrain, you can predict how many paces you will need to cover say 50 m (PC divided by 2) or 25 m (PC divided by 4).
Calculating distance travelled ≥ 100 m
When travelling further than 100 m it is easy to lose count so the technique employed is to count 100 m then, without stopping, start recounting your paces from one. Record each 100 m travelled on your tally counter.