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Pace counting on different slope angles - hints, tips and tricks?


Hello to all,

I have a couple of questions:

1. I have an Oregan 650t and Suunto Ambit. My understanding is that these devices only measure 'map distance' (distance horizontal to the Earth) as opposed to 'actual distance' travelled? Am I correct?

2. I am wanting to accurately reassess my PC on various slope angles under different terrain and environmental conditions. I have therefore purchased a Pieps 30 Plus Inclinometer: see and a 100m Fast Rewind Surveyors Tape. Next week I am off out to measure my PC on slopes of 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35. Am intending to do on this on different terrain including hard snow and soft snow. I am going to take the actual distances measured and recalculate them to the map distance. Any hints, tips or tricks? I realise Pace Counting is not an exact science but am want to gauge it as best as I can. 

Many thanks

ps. I will obviously ensure that the slopes I am PC on with snow are not avalanche prone :)


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