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WALKING SKILLS

Good judgement and skill in movement are obviously of great importance for safety. Certain principles of movement in mountains are the basis of both walking and climbing, resulting in safe movement and in a conservation of energy which is precious in mountains. It is a good axiom to train oneself to start the day steadily without rushing and to increase the pace only when the body is felt to be functioning well.

  • Keep a steady rhythmical pace. Look for level spots on which to place the feet and, to conserve energy, keep the arms still. Doing this and moving from one level foot-placing to another develops good balance.
  • When placing the foot, the whole of the foot should be in contact with the ground, not just the toe; thus the thrust upwards comes from the strong thigh muscles and those of the stomach.
  • Do not wear more than is necessary or get too warm- this in itself can be exhausting. Be careful to put on extra clothing at halts, which should not be too frequent.
  • Avoid loose stones. They spoil rhythm and balance and can be caused to fall on other walkers below. Take short steps on such awkward uneven ground.

Other points useful to the individual walker are to be found in the notes for mountain walking parties and walking in winter.

KEEP THE MOUNTAINS CLEAN








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