It’s 2019, may it allow us all more time in the mountains!
How long will your hike take?
A method to calculate how long a hike will take can be calculated as follows;
Count one hour for every 400 metre ascent,
Count one hour for every 4 kilometre distance,
Take the longest time of one of the above plus half of the shortest time.
As a practical example we did a hike recently to Tarn Cave which can be split into 2 sections.
From Bushman's Nek to Cedric's Pool - 4.2km and 125m elevation gain (25m elevation loss) and the max slope was 14.5%
Altitude gain time is: 125/400= 0.312
Distance time is: 4.2km/4 = 1.05
Total time: 1.05 + (0.312/2) = 1.206 hours or 72 minutes.
Actual time for this section with 15kg backpacks was 55 minutes.
From Cedric's Pool to Tarn Cave - 4.2km and 569m elevation gain (17m elevation loss) and the max slope was 34%.
Altitude gain time is: 569/400 = 1.423
Distance time is: 4.2/4 = 1.05
Total time: 1.423 + (1.05/2) = 1.948 or 117 minutes.
Actual time with 15kg backpacks for this section was 125 minutes with the customary stops now and then for pictures.
Total predicted time was 3.15 hours or 189 minutes. Total actual time was 180 minutes plus add the 10 minute stop at Cedric's pool, the total time was 190 minutes.
From the practical example this formula looks to work very well, for downhill sections we would advise using 4km/hr as your guide, its often not faster down, especially if very steep.
So how fit do you need to be for the above formula to work, we would say average fitness and previous hiking experience. If new to hiking, not as fit or wanting to hike at a more leisurely pace then we would suggest altering the above formula to the following.
Count one hour for every 300 metre ascent,
Count one hour for every 3 kilometre distance.
Happy hiking and please let us know how the above calculations work for you. Special thanks to Daphne Berg who resides in the Swiss alps for her contributions.
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