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Azhar Shahzad

Measuring Personal Pace Length

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Sometime it needs to approximate the distance between two points. One can do it without using any distance measuring instrument. But firstly you need to compute your own pace length, then you can use your pace length to approximate the actual distance. However, it is not accurate enough to use into the calculations or computations.


  • open a chain and let it fly in straight position along the piece of ground.
  • Walk along the chain and count the number of steps.
  • The distance being known personal pace length will be equal to length of the chain divided by number of steps.
  • Repeat the observation for two or three times.


Length of chain No of Paces Pace Length
30m 44 0.68
30m 43 0.69


Now, you just need to multiply the number of steps you walked between two points to your pace Average pace length.

Approximate Distance = Pace length × No of steps walked

Useful Conversions

1 feet = 12 inch. 1 m = 3.28 feet. 1 inch = 2.5 cm. 3 inch = 0.25 feet.

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