I like this!!! Could have used it earlier in the year, when I was volunteering for some trail maintenance. The trail thread (is that the right word?) should slope to the outside from 3 to no more than 5 degrees, so rain water will tend to run off the side instead of down the trail.
I promise you, these guys were doing it at 10 to 15 degrees or more. Not good for the rain run-off (will create ruts, etc) nor for hikers' ankles. But as a newbie volunteer (without a handy pocket cave-mapping clinometer -- I have mapped caves, so know something about judging angles), I just bit my tongue. But your technique might have given me more courage to speak up.
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Pretty cool. Never really thought about this.
I do know that hand spread is 9" and my pace count is 121 steps for 100 meters.
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I've taken to using my trekking poles to help judge the distance between trees. When I hold up both poles horizontal in a big T shape, I get 12 feet from tip to tip. Allowing for another 1-2 feet on each side and I get the 15 foot distance that seems to work great.
Dejoah has a great 30 degree hand angle tip in his book. If I could post it up I would.
It uses you thumb and pointer finger. The angle between your thumb pointing up and the tip of your pointer finger is about 30 degrees.
I miss my 4.8Lb base weight as a ground dweller...But I sure DON'T MISS the ground.