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    Re: What do you understand by a footstep?
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2019 Dec 27, 00:20 +0000
    My recollection (in the USA) is that a "step" counts as either foot going forward.   But also called a "pace" as in "30 paces to the north and 5 to the east to find the buried treasure."  And (ah, the joys of the English language) "pace" is also a verb meaning the rate of taking steps

    BTW, in the US Army a marching step is 30 inches (2-1/2 feet). so 132 (2 x 66) of them works out to 99 meters.  Also the "pace" (rate) is 120 steps per minute. 

    To play with the numbers a bit more, that pace is a bit over 3 miles per hour.  But soldiers are given a 10 minute break every hour of marching, so that brings hourly rate down to about 2-1/2 miles per hour and therefore a 20 mile march in an eight hour day.

    On Thursday, December 26, 2019, 2:17:50 PM PST, David Pike <noreply_davidpike@fer3.com> wrote:


    I’m sure in my hill walking days I was taught to count a footstep every time I put one particular foot forward, e.g. left, left, left …., or right, right, right, whichever foot was going forwards when you started to count.  On level ground I’m a 66 paces to the 100m man and anything up to 95paces/100m on tussocky hilly ground.  

    I recently read in The Times that I ought to be taking 10,000 steps a day.  This seemed rather a lot, so I bought a digital footstep recorder to check how many I was managing.  I could have saved the money, because it turned out that there was already one on my new smart phone.  No problem, with two I was able to check that they’re reasonably consistent in their readinds.

    I was amazed how well I was doing until I checked by counting.  100 of my right footsteps gave me 200 digital steps.  I realise these devices work on shocks, but you would think they’d divide the answer by two for dinosaurs like me.  How do other NavList members count their paces, right, right, right, or left right, left right, left right? DaveP

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