Pace Count Beads AKA Ranger Beads are a manual counting tool used to keep track of distance traveled. These are the perfect way to track your rucking distance when either you’re trying to stay away from technology or the tech you have doesn’t work in the location you’re at. The two ways to use these are through counting paces and distance walked. Both of these methods require that you know the distance of one of your paces. The best way to figure out your pace distance is to use a measuring tape or yard stick and measure it.
As users walk, they typically slide one bead on the cord for every ten paces taken. On the tenth pace, the user slides a bead in the lower section towards the knot. After the 90th pace, all 9 beads are against the knot. On the 100th pace, all 9 beads in the lower section are returned away from the knot, and a bead from the upper section is slid upwards, away from the knot.
In this manner, the user calculates distance traveled by keeping track of paces taken. To use this method, the user must know the length of his pace to accurately calculate distance traveled. Also, the number of paces to be walked must be pre-calculated, or the distance traveled has to be calculated from the walked paces.
For every 100 meters the user walks, one of the lower beads is pulled down. When the ninth of the lower beads is pulled, the user has walked 900 meters. When the user has walked 100 more meters, one of the upper beads is pulled down, and all the lower beads are pulled back up.
Using this method the user must know the number of paces walked in 100 meters. An experienced user can also adapt the pace count for each hundred meters depending on the terrain. When using this method the user does not have to calculate or look up how long a distance to walk or the distance traveled.