[at-l] Snowshoeing VS Hikng

giniajim jplynch at crosslink.net
Sat Jan 23 11:43:27 CST 2010

A way to equalize might be to add some weight to the person for the snowshoeing calculation, maybe an average pack weight, say 35 pounds, and see what that does.  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jim Bullard 
  To: giniajim 
  Cc: at-l 
  Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:40 PM
  Subject: Re: [at-l] Snowshoeing VS Hikng

  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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