Hiking Speed, Rhythm, Rest and Rest Interval

Hiking Speed, Rhythm, Rest and Rest Interval

Rest Breaks and Resting will largely determine how far you can go and how tired you are at the end of the day

An average day of hiking will consist of periods of hiking and periods of rest. The combination of good hiking rhythm, good Walking Speed and fixed Rest Intervals are things that separate Hiking Beginners from good Hikers. In our enthusiasm we often tend to start of too fast, get tired quickly, take an early rest and start off too fast again. In Hiking there is one concept that will improve you overall hiking performance, endurance and pleasure: Hiking Rhythm

In this section we will look into why Hiking Rhythm is so important and how you can learn and maintain a good Hiking Rhythm:

Benefits of a Good Hiking Rhythm

Developing your own Hiking Rhythm

Your perfect Hiking Rhythm is something very personal and something you will have to develop over the course of many, many hikes. Here are some guidelines:

Walking Speed

Your Walking Speed is very closely . In this section we will provide you with some tips on Hiking Speed:

The energy needed for trekking is not proportional with the speed you walk. The figures below are for walking on a smooth level surface:

Calories per 100lb per hour
2 mph / 3.2 kph 45 1
3 mph / 4.8 kph 90 2
4 mph / 6.4 kph 160 3.55

Resting and rest intervals

We already discussed Hiking Rhythm and Walking & Hiking Speed and they largely determine how many breaks your body will demand when you are out Hiking. Having a steady rhythm in your hiking and resting periods will help you get through a day of heavy hiking. In this section we will take a look some guidelines when it comes to resting:

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