How to use ranger beads

  1. Identify a route that is one mile long, or use a GPS to know when you’ve walked a total of 1 mile.
  2. Identify the side of the Ranger Bead Survival Necklace that has 9 beads and the side that has 5 beads.
  3. The side with 9 beads is the 100-pace counters. The side with 5 beads is the 1000-pace counter. Position all the beads to one side of the drum lock.
  4. For every 100 paces walked, move one of the 100-pace beads up.
  5. When you get to 900 paces, continue counting the remaining 100 paces.
  6. When you’ve walked 1000 paces, move all the 100-pace beads back to the bottom, and increment one of the 1000-pace beads up.
  7. Knowing the number of paces it takes to walk a mile, simply remember that number. You can use a paint pen to mark a bead on the necklace if it helps.
  8. Divide the pace total by 2 and divide by 4 to understand how many of your paces equal 1/2 and 1/4 mile distances, respectively.
  9. Repeat the process in varied terrain to get an understanding of how many paces it takes to go one mile in variable environments.
  10. When in a situation where distance traveled is required to be understood, use you pace count to ascertain your travel based on the terrain you’re in.
  • Alternately, some people understand how many paces it takes to go 100 yards, and use the ranger beads to count actual distance rather than pace count.
  • If you want to understand shorter distances, the 100-pace beads can be used for 10-pace counting just as easily.