Mar 26, 2020 - 1:22 PM
in reply to Peterli
<<" But they do allow for hills, both going up and going down ! The times they state are without stops, but if you walk more slowly or stop for breaks or to eat or take photographs, your time will clearly be longer.">>
Hi Peterli - Have not yet looked at the links. No doubt the one in German would be instructive.
However, I have an empirical measure to lllustrate my point.
If I walk a trail on fairly level, or level ground, perhaps in the Mittelland, I take approximately the same time as the time indicated on the Wanderweg sign.
If the territory is hilly...as in the Emmental.... I take much longer than the indicated time. (It is not caused by pausing for photography. That certainly can add time). From that personal and subjective observation, I have developed a hypothesis for further testing:
"The Swiss walk just as fast up and down hills as they do on level ground."
A related , less clearly defined thought, not yet a hypothesis, is -
"In Switzerland, a level trail may have ascending and descending stretches of considerable length, at grades of up to at least 1 in 10."
Since the two are not easy to reconcile, I stick with the hypothesis.
Last modified on Mar 26, 2020 - 1:30 PM by Slowpoke