Quote Originally Posted by Nessmuk View Post
What too often happens in reality on actual wilderness treks is the weakest/slowest scout (or scoutmaster) ends up at the end of the line either by default or by active placement. Not always the wisest choice. If he were to lag behind or drop off for whatever reason, who would know? That is why I consider the next to last person highly important.
Except now that is the last person. Only half tongue-in-cheek. If arranged fastest to slowest, every single person could get left behind. Groups with a must-stay-together rule typically put the slower people in the front, in my admittedly limited group hiking experience. On the bike, the rule is that stronger riders take longer turns (not faster ones) at the front. This can work well when breaking trail as well.