Using the following principles will result in your crew hiking as a well-trained team:
- The slowest hiker always sets the pace. The slowest hiker is not always the same person.
- Advisors never lead the crew and usually hike toward the rear.
- The Crew Chief and the navigator usually hike close to the front.
- Always hike single file.
- There should be about a ten-foot spacing between hikers.
- Always obey the "Rule of Four" if the crew must split up.
- There are three types of breaks - two minutes to catch your breath, five minutes to replenish your energy, and at least twenty minutes if the crew can't get going in five.
- The Crew Chief should designate a "Break Master" to time the breaks with a watch.
- When going up difficult hills, use the "caterpillar" method of hiking.
- Anyone in the crew can call for a two, five, or "caterpillar" break whenever they need it.
- Do not hike on roads when a footpath or hiking trail is available.
Check out Hiking
to see a video of a smart-looking crew using these principles as they approach Base Camp from Tooth Ridge, and Caterpillar
for a detailed explanation and demonstration of that method.