Adventurer Level Campcraft Journey
Predicting Journey Times
Naismith's Rule for a Hike JourneyAlso see pages 50- 51 in “Fieldbook for Australian Scouting”
The following ‘rule’ will help you plan the length and duration of your journey. This rule, Naismith’s Rule, can be used to estimate most hike journeys for an average walker with a medium weight pack.
Allow 1 hour for:
Add 1 hour for:
As you get more experienced at hike journeys, the time to complete the journey will decrease.
How far can a young person hike in a day?How far can a young person hike in a day, with a pack, in good weather and on a level track? One rule of thumb says one kilometre for every birthday! This rule only works up to about 14.
For people of Scout age (11-14) should be able to walk 11-14 kilometers in a full day. But remember to reduce the distance if the route is hilly or thick bush.
Canoe and Bike JourneyIf a journey by canoe or bike is planned, the distance covered should be estimated on the basis that at least 12 hours travelling time extended over three days is required to complete the journey.