Outdoors Magic has some tips on how to actually hike or climb (e.g., the pace).
I am notoriously slow at descends. According to this article perhaps I should more swift. Here's an excerpt.
Faster Can Be Better Watch some walkers and they thud their way down steep paths with wince-inducing impacts on every step - sometimes it's better to go faster, take smaller steps, and let your momentum carry you down, so when your foot hits the ground, instead of braking, you swing through into the next stride,