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[at-l] What is a rest step?
The idea is to lock the uphill knee as it becomes the down hill knee when you
bring the back leg up and over, taking all the load off the major muscle by
transferring your weight to direct bone support. Hard to explain, much easier
to demonstrate. One leg is strait and locked. The other is relaxed behind,or
in front w/o yet taking up the load. You pause for a breath, or two, the
repeat -- alternating legs.
The rest step incorporates the breath to slow the climbers pace to avoid
overexertion. Usually one step can equal one slow breath. To slow the pace
even more, one, or more, breaths can be taken between each step. A momentary
rest on the bone structure of the down hill leg, allows the uphill foot time
to be gently kicked into the next step. Using breathing as a slowly paced
metronome, long distances can be covered without stopping.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Shelly Hale" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 10:10 AM
Subject: [at-l] What is a rest step?
Can someone tell me what a rest step is and how it is performed? I saw this
mentioned in a trail journal and was just curious.
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