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    Can anyone help?

    I'm looking for a small push button counter that will attach to the baseplate of my computer to use when I'm pace counting to measure distance travelled.

    Many website recommend them but none state where they can be bought.

    Does anyone know where they can be found?

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    I use a few line clamp wotsits on a bit of string to mark each 100metres. Most walking shops have a bucket of them for a few pence each.

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    Assuming you mean compass not computer! I know Cotswold sell them for about £3. I have tried the cordlock on string as per Beth's post but much prefer the silva white clicky thing.

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    mm. pooter doesn't want to play.

    knitting. google "row counter" and "electronic row counter"

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    Now then Ben In Yorkshire, it's Mark in Yorkshire,yes I mean compass, the computer lead won't stretch up the mountains. You're spot on re the clicky thing - thanks.

    Might try the clamps too as an alternative

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    low tech solutions no.367

    carry a handful of small pebbles. move them from one hand to the other each 100m. throw them away when you have finished pacing.

    give the money you have saved from not buying worthless outdoor equipment to a deserving cause

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    Weevil's suggestion means you can also act as umpire for those impromptu cricket matches on summits.

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    And in winter?

    I have tried several techniques including the old pebble thing and beads on string, and now always attach the white plastic clicker. For £3 I am happy. I don't know if they are cheaper but others like the Air Hostess / Nightclub bouncer style counter. Don't know where those come from.

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    Ask your mum, or your gran, or anyone who knew how to knit for a knitting counter. They are weeclicky things with a dial that counts up every time you click. Some are designed to slip onto knitting needles.Low tech for sure.There area couple on this page, but the most useful are round ones that you can stick onto your compass baseplate, if you are that way inclined. Try a knitting wool shop.

    PS. Ah ... here are some more.

    P.P.S. Somewhere at the back of my brain is a memory that Silva used to makea white round thing that you stuck onto the base plate of yourcompass - it is alluded to here, but I don't think it's made anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weevil View Post

    low tech solutions no.367

    carry a handful of small pebbles. move them from one hand to the other each 100m. throw them away when you have finished pacing.
    I used to pick up the required number ofsmall stones bits of grit at the begining of a navigational leg, thought it was the best idea ever. Until one day I found myself in near white out conditions, then i thought what a stupid idea!

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    Ben in Yorkshire wrote (see)[/QUOTE]I don't know if they are cheaper but others like the Air Hostess / Nightclub bouncer style counter. Don't know where those come from.[/QUOTE]

    I have one of those,

    I bought it for the same reason but never bothered with it.

    You can have it if you like, email me and I will post it.

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    Mark,

    It is on its way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reiver View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Weevil View Post

    low tech solutions no.367

    carry a handful of small pebbles. move them from one hand to the other each 100m. throw them away when you have finished pacing.
    I used to pick up the required number ofsmall stones bits of grit at the begining of a navigational leg, thought it was the best idea ever. Until one day I found myself in near white out conditions, then i thought what a stupid idea!
    i'd advise picking up the pebbles not before the leg, but before the white out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beth View Post

    I use a few line clamp wotsits on a bit of string to mark each 100metres. Most walking shops have a bucket of them for a few pence each.

    I'm currently nicking them off peoples jackets

    Seriously though, anyone know a stockist?

    I used to have one of THESE, they were very good and lightweight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weevil View Post
    i'd advise picking up the pebbles not before the leg, but before the white out
    As an advocate of leightweight travel that would not be possible

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    nuts

    you can eat them

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    Brilliant, or squares of chocolate!

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