[at-l] Snowshoeing VS Hikng

kinnickinichere at aol.com kinnickinichere at aol.com
Sat Jan 23 10:52:26 CST 2010

My experience, as little as it is, has been different from Jim's.  The difference probably has to do with too many factors to count, but a couple might be the condition of the snow and whether or not one is breaking trail.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Bullard <jim.bullard at gmail.com>
To: at-l <at-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Sat, Jan 23, 2010 11:28 am
Subject: [at-l] Snowshoeing VS Hikng

Frank asked if anyone had snowshoed 20 miles in a day. I responded the I had hiked 20 miles per day and I had snowshoed but never the two together then I got wondering what the difference in exertion would be. Having done both activities I know that snowshoeing is more strenuous. There is a site I frequent <http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/calories.htm> for such calculations and I went there to check it out. I put in 200# and 60 minutes as the parameters then figured 2mph to complete the 20 miles totally 10 hours. The result was 6670 calories burning backpacking vs 7620 calories for snowshoeing or 14.24% more energy required for snowshoeing. So if you try it... take extra food.

P.S. I'm not clear how they calculate the energy burned (something to do with oxygen consumption I think) but I notice the, some though not all, of the activities are tagged "Taylor Code". I've tried without success to find out what that refers to. Anyone know?

Jim Bullard

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