18 Replies to “Pathfinder Basics Estimating Distance and Pace Count Lecture”

  1. Dave, you kind of reinvented the wheel a little bit with you talk on distance estimation, but I did enjoy learning about estimating height. I didnt know that was called an inclinometer, and definately never thought about how to use it. Now that I know that, I wish the lensatic compasses issued to us had them.

  2. Good triangulation lecture. However, it isn’t necessary to walk until you hit 45 degrees to determine distance, this is important for long distances. For example, using his tree across the river example, say it was a mountain across a desert: To find distance to the mountain, walk at a 90 degree angle until you are 4.5 degree’s from original heading. Then multiply times 10 to determine distance.

  3. I have noticed with both soldiers and Boy Scouts that they tend to be excited on the measured course and really step out. They tend to take longer steps and their count is way too low later in the day when they are tired and on uneven terrain which makes them take smaller steps. I tell them to relax and pay attention to their steps on the measured course.

  4. I love how you found the distance by trianglation. I have never seen this explained so well. Your gift from God is definitely teaching this stuff, never stop. The world needs this knowledge now more than ever.

  5. ….and if its blowin a howly good luck! get proper maritime training as the sea is a different beast alltogether and sea navigation is a million miles more technical than land nav. get proper training, and even with that youll need heaps of luck stayin off rocks. seek a well established maritime training provider.

  6. Good stuff! People actually teach land nav and never even mention pace count. It’s the most important part if you’re searching for a point.

  7. I remember this from Math Class in high school, I had a teacher who taught us how to do this. One of the only things in high school Math I still use. He used it talking about the Pythagorean Theorem (a2 +b2 = c2). The other thing he taught was how to drop a rock and use math/physics to determine how deep a hole is based on how long it took to fall using the gravity constant of about 10.

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