Walking technique - perhaps a silly question!
by AndyATSmith » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:23 pm
Any advice would be most welcome!
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by Caberfeidh » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:05 pm
- Sometimes it's the conditions ~ the kid on Conic Hill mud-wallow.
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by SummitStupid » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:19 pm
I also reckon if you're paying attention to where your centre of gravity is, you're less likely to go down. Keep your weight over your feet, not behind them. But then as I said I slip over a lot so perhaps disregard all this.
by jmarkb » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:25 pm
by Skyelines » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:25 pm
It is better to lean slightly forward and put the weight on the balls of the foot. That way the force goes more directly downwards into the slope.
Leaning back and heel walking puts the force closer to the line of the slope and add that to your downward momentum and you are more likely to slip.
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by Lightfoot2017 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:42 pm
In going uphill, I try and employ the 'Alpine Plod' method. ...slow, steady, short steps.....so I don't get knackered too easily. Maybe I should adopt this technique for the downhill bit too?
Oh, and poles. Two of. Very handy things to stop your steps turning into a canter, turning into a gallop, turning into a full on uncontrolled sprint.
Slips and falls? I've had a few. But then again, too few to mention.
by Marty_JG » Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:50 pm
by Mal Grey » Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:58 pm
A pole definitely helps the recovery of the slip.
I am quite fussy with my choice of sole, preferring ones with a distinct heel or at least aggressive forward facing teeth in that area. As said, foot flat to the hill is better than heel only though. I mostly use boots, the lack of tread on most trail shoes being as much of a reason as my preference for a bit more support.
The one that gets me the most is the damp grass/tussock type stuff normally found once off the higher hills. This usually means wet bum as well as loss of dignity, but at least its often a soft landing. The "tiny marbles on a hard surface" nature of parts of many of our more eroded paths isn't helping me as I get older...
by Giant Stoneater » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:42 pm
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by KatTai » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:23 pm
by LaurenAlexandraAgain » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:30 pm
That being said, the one and only time (touch wood) that I've gone over on my ankle badly enough to break it was at home, taking out the rubbish.
by WalkWithWallace » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:40 am
Most accidents happen on descent, we get tired and concentration drops.
by DavidShepherd » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:24 pm
When coming down grass i slip and land on my backside all the time. I always find it helps not to go too fast as well - tried the running thing once and fractured my ankle!
by iain_atkinson_1986 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:04 pm
by johnkaysleftleg » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:28 pm