Hiking Time Calculator
(Calculate hiking time based on your hiking or backpacking goals) (Estimate Only)
Distance: This is your round trip distance. Thus, if it's 5 miles to the summit, and you backtrack over your same trail, you should enter10.
Hike Elevation: This is not the elevation at the summit.That number is the vertical distance from sea level. If you are hiking multiple peaks, you should also include the elevation gain from the low point of the col to the next peak. (Feet above home.) If you hiking from the grand canyon rim thats your summit so you enter summit minus drop to colorado river. (Rent a donkey if possible. :)
Elevation: Base of MTN to Summit. (Enter same # if your home is at the base of the mountain otherwise enter height of MTN.)
Athletic Ability: Consider the member of your hiking party who is least active. The reason "Regular Hiker" and "Athletic" are separated into two different categories is that hiking uses your body in different ways from many other athletic endeavors. If you have an overweight hiker, you should be aware that the steeper and longer your hike is, the more likely that the hiker will have knee/leg problems. And if that happens, all bets are off on the amount of time it's going to take!
Time: Figuring out how far you can hike in a certain amount of time is a good exercise. Or, figuring how long it will take to hike a certain trail. The actual results will depend on your shape, the trail condition, elevation, weather, and lots of other little things. But, in general, you can count on 2 miles per hour on flat land. Reduce that a bit for every 1000 feet above your home elevation due to reduced oxygen. To the total time, add 1/2 hour for every 1000 foot elevation change due to slow climbing.
Find a hiking buddy to go with you. Hiking alone is not safe. ALWAYS, leave your hike itinerary with someone at home. Make sure they know your route, start time, when you will be back, and when you will be contacting them. If you are not in contact with them as expected, they should have instructions on who to call to check
Use a detailed topographic map to understand the difficulty of your hike. When your out in the woods know the terrain.
Everyone knows that weathermen are seldom correct. You have to be prepared for the worst probable weather and its consequences.
Elevation and weather are closely related. In general, every 1000 feet in elevation means a drop of 5F degrees in air temperature. Also, the higher you go the faster and more severe weather changes with big drops in temperature occurring quickly and higher winds in general. Be ready to change your hike plans due to weather conditions.
You should always have your basic essentialson your body. The fanny pack. Map & Compass, Flashlight, Food, High energy, compact foods are good choices because they take up little space. You should carry at least 2000 calories of food.
Water - One quart of water weighs 2 pounds. That's why so many people don't bring enough water on hikes. But, you need at least 3 quarts per day. It's a good idea to drink plenty of water before your hike to get your body well hydrated.
Raingear & Clothes, Firestarter & Matches, First Aid Kit, Knife, Sunglasses & Sunscreen, Whistle, Insect Protection, Key & License, Change, Military Spec Paracord, Trash Bag, Toilet Paper, Emergency pocket stove. The stove and fuel weighs just a couple ounces and takes little space.
Make sure your batteries are fresh.
Clean your water bottle.
Test the belts and buckles on your hiking pack.
Sharpen your knife.
Go through your first aid kit.
Hiking Speed Calculator (Calculate hiking speed based on your hiking or backpacking goals) (Estimate Only)
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