View Poll Results: Do you monitor your heart rate during a hike?

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Thread: Monitoring Your Heart Rate When Hiking

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    Senior Member ChrisB's Avatar
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    Monitoring Your Heart Rate When Hiking

    A recent rescue on Mt Washington made me curious about how many of us use a heart rate monitor when we hike. See poll.
    Last edited by ChrisB; 10-10-2019 at 03:27 PM.
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    Senior Member DayTrip's Avatar
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    I had a FitBit a few years back and used to monitor this for awhile. I did find it useful for gauging my overall conditioning over a period of time by checking rate for comparable climbs, weeks during my rare training periods, changes in resting heart rate, etc. These numbers did all generally correlate with a perceived feeling of improvement and actual better times on hikes versus book time.

    I didn't find it terribly useful for a single hike. When I was exerting myself it was high. When I was walking easy grades it wasn't. I don't think I could look at it and say "Wow, 206. I'd better stop for a minute". If I was that gassed I would have already stopped because I had to. I didn't need the FitBit to tell me. I routinely walked at heart rates that common rough calculations would deem dangerous or "max" that were well within my comfortable limits without any worrisome warning signs.

    I think a little common sense goes a long way. I've never had a heart attack or been in a group with someone who has but I'd expect the person having a heart attack was well aware that they were "pushing it" and either didn't want to hold up the group, admit they were not in shape for the task, etc. I think it's just human nature to press on even though warning signs are flashing.
    Last edited by DayTrip; 10-10-2019 at 05:42 PM.
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    I don't wear a monitor, but do pay attention to my heart rate while hiking and, occasionally, stop to check my pulse using my wristwatch. I do try to keep my heart rate low so that I don't "bonk."
    Last edited by jfb; 10-11-2019 at 07:26 AM.

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    Senior Member BISCUT's Avatar
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    Not a traditional chest monitor but I check out my Garmin Forerunner watch.

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