(Followup note added 4/13/02: Our initial query is below. After reading everyone's advice we decided not to buy a pedometer for our original purposes. However, we found a cute little Brunton pedometer and we couldn't resist buying it. Our comments are the Brunton are posted at the end of the series of posts following this one.)
(Original March 13 query)-
We would like to acquire a pedometer but don't know one pedometer from another. We'd prefer to take the advice of HAZ members. We suspect there was a topic on pedometers on the 'old' HAZ website. However, it was probably vapored the same way the one on altimeters was vapored. So, if you wouldn't mind passing along some of your wisdom, we'd sure appreciate it.
Some advance clarification:
There have been posts to the altimeter topic we started stating, in essence, 'why bother.'
We appreciate those opinions. However, we will be spending 6 months in Utah this summer. We know from experience there last summer that our GPS doesn't work well (if at all) in the dense spruce-fir/aspen forest where we spend most of our time. (We do not have the option of returning the GPS.) We do not have mapping software and don't plan on getting it. Also, we're not in a position to burn AA batteries at will so we don't leave the GPS on and let it run. Most of our upcoming summer hiking will be 'off trail' with a rather inscrutable USFS map as a 'guide.' Hence, the need for an altimeter and a pedometer. (All of our Arizona hiking is 'on trail' and we need neither an altimeter nor a pedometer here. That's pretty obvious and the 'why bother?' shoe fits here.)
So, we'd appreciate your insights on pedometers with the knowledge that we have a genuine usage for one and really need some thoughtful advice on your recommended 'best' one to acquire. Thanks.
John and Susun in Rimrock