Outdoor Club of SouthJersey

WALKING PACE DEFINITIONS

WALKING PACE

These are averages only; actual results may vary due to factors such surfaces (e.g, trails, vs roads), terrain (e.g., bushwhacking vs clear), elevation changes, (e.g.,hilly vs flat), and weather.

PACE: 

EASY                     less than 2.5 mph    

MODERATE            2.5-3.0 mph

BRISK                     3.0 – 3.5 mph

FAST                       over 3.5 mph

Avg. time 25 or more 20-25 17-20 17 or lessper mile minutes minutes minutes minutes

HIKE DESCRIPTIONS

EASY - pace defined as slower walking with more frequent rest breaks (e.g. for

viewing surroundings, nature calls, equipment adjustments, and allowing walkers

to catch up). For the slower walker.

• MODERATE - pace defined as as comfortable walking with occasional rest

breaks. For the average walker.

• BRISK - pace defined as faster walking with occasional rest breaks. For the

average, better conditioned walker.

• FAST - pace defined as fitness walking with few rest breaks for any reason. For

seasoned, in fit condition walkers.

HIKING GUIDE

 

 

Hike distances are in miles, and may optionally be followed by hike duration in

hours. The following codes are used to show unusual features of a hike:

BW - Bushwhacking WF - Wet feet possible NS - No stops

NP - No pets NC - No children FS - Few stops

LP - Leashed Pet

Refer to the page listing Standard Meeting Places for directions to hikes.

 

BACKPACK TRIP RATING SYSTEM

1. NOVICE: 5 or less trips - mild weather, relatively flat terrain.

 

2. INTERMEDIATE: 5 or more trips - mild weather, moderate climbs - up to 8

mile trips.

3. ADVANCED: 10 or more trips - three season, except winter. Strenuous

climbs over difficult terrain - upgraded equipment.

4. EXPERT: Leadership experience or comparable ability - all seasons - good

physical condition - completely equipped for all terrain and weather.

PARTICIPATION NOTICE

The Outdoor Club, its officers and leaders, shall not be liable for any injuries,

illness, loss or damage to any person or property, as a result of participation

in any Club outing. Each participant assumes all risk and liability connected

therewith. All persons, MEMBERS ALIKE, are to sign with the leader at each

activity.