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Step 5: Using Ranger Beads

Ranger beads work the same as an abacus. It's really not that hard to use...

First, find your pace count. For most people it's between 60 and 70 left steps for 100 meters. You can find out what yours is by measuring off the distance, then walk normally and count every time your left foot hits the ground (or right foot. It doesn't matter, just use the same foot each time).

Now, every time you walk that many steps, pull down one of the lower beads. Each one stands for 100 meters you've walked.

When you've pulled all of those down, pull down one of the top ones AND push all the lower ones back up. This represents 1000 meters.

Repeat the process for however far you're going.


There you have it. Trust me, it'll make your life easier in the field, especially if you're sorta absent-minded like myself. Hope this was helpful!
Something I found that made ot easier was to put the beads on from the other end i.e. over the loop. I put a headphone jack into the elbow, then used that to push the cord through the beads. Some needed a little extra coaxing, but it was significatly easier - I made mine on the train during my commute
Something I found that made it easier was to put on the beads from the top, at the loop. You slide on the 100m ones first - I just put a headphone jack in the elbow of the loop
<p>I have made a few sets of these, but just recently made one for my mother that is on a bracelet with a buckle. An instructable on the process is up at:</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Pace-Counter-Bracelet/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Pace-Counter-Brace...</a></p><p>This was the first place I saw these made and inspired this project in no small means. Thanks!<br></p>
This is going to be very useful for me as I count off the miles on the High Sierra Trail in August. Thank you so much.
<p>It works well if you don't tie any knots till the end. Pull the beads on the loop end with small cord or wire. After all the beads are on, tie the top knot to make the top loop. <br>Then tie the knots separating the beads, and the bottom knot. Cut the ends to length. Done, and all adjustable to make it come out right, and it's easier.</p>
<p>It works well if you don't tie any knots till the end. Pull the beads on the loop end with small cord or wire. After all the beads are on, tie the top knot to make the top loop. <br>Then tie the knots separating the beads, and the bottom knot. Cut the ends to length. Done, and all adjustable to make it come out right, and it's easier.</p>
<p>It works well if you don't tie any knots till the end. Pull the beads on the loop end with small cord or wire. After all the beads are on, tie the top knot to make the top loop. <br>Then tie the knots separating the beads, and the bottom knot. Cut the ends to length. Done, and all adjustable to make it come out right, and it's easier.</p>
<p>It works well if you don't tie any knots till the end. Pull the beads on the loop end with small cord or wire. After all the beads are on, tie the top knot to make the top loop. <br>Then tie the knots separating the beads, and the bottom knot. Cut the ends to length. Done, and all adjustable to make it come out right, and it's easier.</p>
<p>It works well if you don't tie any knots till the end. Pull the beads on the loop end with small cord or wire. After all the beads are on, tie the top knot to make the top loop. <br>Then tie the knots separating the beads, and the bottom knot. Cut the ends to length. Done, and all adjustable to make it come out right, and it's easier.</p>
<p>It works well if you don't tie any knots till the end. Pull the beads on the loop end with small cord or wire. After all the beads are on, tie the top knot to make the top loop. <br>Then tie the knots separating the beads, and the bottom knot. Cut the ends to length. Done, and all adjustable to make it come out right, and it's easier.</p>
<p>It works well if you don't tie any knots till the end. Pull the beads on the loop end with small cord or wire. After all the beads are on, tie the top knot to make the top loop. <br>Then tie the knots separating the beads, and the bottom knot. Cut the ends to length. Done, and all adjustable to make it come out right, and it's easier.</p>
<p>Easy to make. Tough ceramic beads that I bought at 15 cents per. I'm going to be using this on a ultralight hiking trip, and I'll be able to pack on 20 miles or so a day, instead of the 5 miles the one shown can count. To do this, I just added a third row of 4 beads on top, counting 5/10/15/20. I made the middle row a different color, just for grins and giggles. :)</p>
<p>Also- for when I was putting the beads on, I used dental floss to &quot;whip&quot; the end of the two cords, then lightly burned that to make a sort of needle on the end that the beads easily slipped onto.</p>
This is cool. Nice job! :)
i'm going on my first survival training course this month. i doubt i'll need these but i'm making one and taking it anyway. you think they guys will think i'm a nerd if i make it pink? ;-)
Nah, might be easier to see in less light. But there's glow in the dark, too... :)
Good job, and handy, too.
Very useful instruct able. I've been making some wooden and leather sets for Live Action Roleplayers. (They're using them to count off enemy numbers as well as distance counting between objectives for the main group.)
i made some with my girl scouts using pink and white para cord, beads were slip knots burnt at the end. Just like I was taught. who needs a pedometer when you have these!
If you take one strand of the discarded middle, and tie it to the center of the paracord, you can thread the beads on quickly and painlessly by threading them onto the white string, then pulling the beads onto the paracord. It is easier then using a match stick.
Just a visual so you can see what I mean
Thank you for this well-put-together, easy-to-follow 'ible. It's valuable and fun information. Great photos, too! <br> <br>I teach art and usually have this as a fall or spring project. We use a double thickness of bright neon plumb cord. I cut it into 30&quot; or so lengths, slide a tapestry or plastic canvas needle on it so that it's in the middle of the cord, and the plastic pony beads slide right on to it. I let administration and school security know that we will be appropriately (quietly, etc.) measuring pace counts in the hallway, then outdoors, to gain a realistic perspective of how our perception of distance and size changes according to the environment. <br> <br>I write down everyone's pace count, then we repeat this outdoors on a pre-measured course. I have the kids guess 100' first. They are always surprised by how close or far off their guesses are (grades 5-12). <br> <br>I incorporate a lot of math into the art assignments. I also wrote a whole curriculum for Tracking Sticks (which you can Google). <br> <br>Plastic pony beads and plumb cord are very affordable. We also use them for geocache swag. Cache on! Go Ranger beads! <br> <br>Thanks again - great job!
Well Done! I'm a volunteer hike leader for my local parks and recreation department. I am going to recommend this for one of our crafts.
A suggestion I gave my Scouts. <br> <br>Get a 1 X1 X 1/4 piece of wood, drill holes in the top and bottom for the rope or cord. It should look like rope-loop - wood - pace counter. <br> <br>Then have the scout write his pace on the wood as a reminder, both walking and a simple jog over 100 yards. W-102, J-95.
do you have any idea where you get the skull beads from. i ve seen them on other instructables but i dont know where to get them from.
<a href="http://www.emersonknives.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=EK&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=LanyardSkullPewter" rel="nofollow">Emerson Knives </a>sells them, but a $5 a pop, they'll get expensive.
nice way of counting how far you have walked. have you ever forgotten what number you were up to while you were walking?
Thank you so much for your guide!!!&nbsp;<br> <br> I would like to share how I get the beads onto the cord quickly, maybe it will help someone doing this in the future.<br>
the picture is wrong, but I think you guys can figure out what I tried to do. essentially I used an inner strand as a pull cable and pulled the bite of the cord through all the beads at one.<br><br>take care
The sad thing is that one on the left, a said company that sells our stuff on base that shall remain nameless tries to gouge us 10$ for them... 550 cord (100 ft) 6$ beads of your choice, 1lb 5$. 50 pace counters that are completely original, priceless.... going have to do this as a hands on project for my joe's one day... swear I'm a baby sitter more so than a NCO :p
Dad? ;) My Dad would say that line at the end just about every time he came home. (He's a retired MSgt. US Army and trained troops in A.P.G, MD and Schofield Bks, HI.)<br>
Nice instructable. Very informative steps. Thank you for writing this. I'm a civilian, but I'm in the process of quitting smoking, and this might very well help me to keep my mind on math, rather than on the almighty cigarette, while I'm trying to exercise. Truth be told, I wish I had joined the military when I graduated high school, but, the damn Ritalin, etc kept me from it. Damn recruiters, rofl. :P Anyway, maybe even as a civvie, I can learn how to use a abacus-related tool, used by the military, and it might even help me quit a deadly addiction to tobacco.<br><br>Cheers, Nikcdc! And thanks.<br><br>Adam Steidl, civilian.
I have made a few of these. Thanks! My family and I use them as Geocache treasures. GPS is fine and all but, there is something to be said about good old map and compass Skills.
As a tip to reduce a bit of frustration, thread on all of the beads before tying the knot for the top loop. I teach my Boys to tie the tail knot (bottom) first, then use one of the inner core strands looped through the paracord to thread the cord through the beads (sort of like using the smaller sting as a fish wire for electrical conduit). I've found the Boys don't get at frustrated and all of them complete their projects in one sitting.
If you're really a hardcore Joe (Sapper or Sapper wanna-be), you take the gasket out of M-60 (now M-80 with the addition of the MDI adapter plug (I think)) fuze ignitors that you pull for blasts that you have calculated and rigged, and use those. By the time you've got enough for a pace counter, you've also got a fair amount of experience with explosives.
BTW: my son and I made a couple of these today...awesome project for us.
In rough bush country such as northern Ontario, you pace will change with the terrain, so a bead counter my not be accurate in comparison to move level ground.&nbsp; I would suggest using a cps and a bead counter to determen an average for the type of conditions you walk in normally.&nbsp; A mile on the side of the road, will be much different in bush and hills.
When we were being taught land-nav, we had to learn two pace counts; a kilometer on the road, then a kilometer through hilly terrain. My DS said the hilly terrain wasn't perfect, but it could be used as a good estimate. Of course, he also recommended using sight navigation whenever possible.<br />
I've made variants of these as a craft for my friends girl scout troop. Instead of using them for land nav, they also work great as a hydration counter. Everytime you drink your whole water bottle you move a bead. You need to move all the beads by the end of the day or you weren't drinking enough water. I think we used 8 beads, might be wrong, I'd have&nbsp; to find mine again. But it worked great for keeping the girls hydrated in the Oklahoma heat.<br />
&nbsp;This is pretty much a variant of an abacus, isn't it?
I am printing this up for my son's boyscout troop.&nbsp; I think it will make a great project!<br /> THANKS!<br />
GPS s need batteries... PACE counters don't
We just use knots. Or a tally counter, those're handy.
Great. I'm going to make one to use as a golf score counter.

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