[at-l] Snowshoeing VS Hikng

Carla & Dave Hicks carla_dave_hicks at verizon.net
Sat Jan 23 11:33:37 CST 2010


The condition of the snow and breaking trail are big ones.

Also, the type of snowshoes, which is somewhat dependent on the nature of the 

Those numbers sounds as if they were talking about open country on longer 
narrower snowshoes (Alaskan, Trail, Yukon, etc)-- maybe w/o a pack or with a 
the gear pulled in a sled.  I have covered some good distances that way and it 
was not a great deal more strenuous that winter hiking w/o pole-holeing 
conditions.  (Note: just cold weather hiking eats more energy that warm 
weather hiking. And serious pole-holeing any distance is a killer.)

I have also, snowshoes with Bear Paw type through thick woods in hilly areas 
in deep snow w/ a backpack.  IMHO, that has to be triple the work of summer 
backpacking .


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <kinnickinichere at aol.com>
To: <jim.bullard at gmail.com>; <at-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:52 AM
Subject: Re: [at-l] Snowshoeing VS Hikng

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 

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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