Out Quiet Yourself
As you walk across the gravel floor of this short tunnel, a sound meter measures your loudness and gives you a score. Can you beat your previous score? Can you beat your friends’ scores?
Walking quietly isn’t easy. Here are a few tips from an expert Apache tracker:
- Before taking a step, look carefully at where you will place your foot.
- Bend your knees slightly.
- Touch your foot lightly to the ground, with the outside edge of the ball of the foot hitting the ground first.
- Next, roll the foot inward, toward the inside edge of the heel, until the whole surface area of the foot is on the ground.
- Try not to shift your weight until your forward foot is quietly and firmly on the ground. Be patient—this requires considerable balance and practice.
- When you are ready to shift your weight forward, slide, don’t bounce.
The secret to ultra quiet walking is patience—and practice, practice, practice.