[at-l] Snowshoeing VS Hikng

Jim Bullard jim.bullard at gmail.com
Sat Jan 23 11:40:32 CST 2010

I will add the caveat that the calorie burn calculator only listed "snow
shoeing" without reference to whether the person(s) so engaged were also
carrying a backpack. For the "backpacking" calculation I used the specific
term from their list but again it did not specify how much pack weight,
level trail vs climbing, etc. There are a lot of variables however I was
simply checking one base activity against another. Based on my own
experience, I would expect an even higher increase in calorie burn for
snowshoeing but I prefer to break trail. I find snowshoeing on firmly packed
trails to be somewhat boring and the snowshoes only make for clumsy walking
which I suppose would increase calorie burn slightly over walking without
snowshoes. Unfortunately the only variables the calculator accepts are the
weight of the person and the duration.

Jim Bullard

On Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 12:03 PM, giniajim <jplynch at crosslink.net> wrote:

>  The comparisons aren't apples-to-apples.  The comparison needs to be
> hiking/walking vs. snowshoeing, or backpacking vs. snowshoeing with a
> backpack.  And equivalent terrain, pack weights, etc.
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