Scotsman Phillip Tranter made the realisation that Naismith’s timings assumed that everyone had the same fitness level, whereas any bluffer knows that some people can carry eight pints on a tray, while others can only manage three.
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Tranter’s Variations is a complicated formula enabling hikers to assess their own level of fitness -something with which you need not concern yourself. It gets complicated because it also factors into the equation the weight of the rucksack a hiker is carrying, the weather conditions and the ground conditions underfoot. The knowledge that this variation exists is sufficient to bluff other hikers into thinking that you know your stuff.
Dropping Tranter into any conversation practically guarantees you a pint in the next round of drinks.