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Old 04-30-2019, 10:28 AM   #1
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Any calorie burn calculators for hiking snowshoeing that don't suck

Does anyone know of any online calculators where you can enter in things like your body weight, height, distance, vertical gain/loss and more specifically things that make the Adirondacks unique: Like mud, postholeing through a monorail, climbing up rocks, snowshoeing a fresh path up a mountain, etc.

I can find calculators online. However I feel they calculate very basically like a physics problem on how much energy it takes to move a 180 lb person 1 mile with an estimate on angle of grade. But none of them seem to be even close to one another. For a recent hike with my 190 lbs + 20 lbs pack, 2866 vert feet over 7 miles in 7.75 hours I get this:

I'll enter in info like this one which says I've burned 4500 cals: https://caloriesburnedhq.com/calories-burned-hiking/

But then this one I can enter more detailed info and it results in 1571 calories: https://www.omnicalculator.com/sports/hiking
Meanwhile I burn about 2000 calories a day to maintain constant body weight.

This one I get 1612: http://www.nwhiker.com/calorieburn.html

This one I get 3871: https://www.outsideonline.com/231575...orie-estimator


Which of these, (or others out there) do I believe? This is important to me, because after a hike I want to know how many cheeseburgers, fries, and grilled cheeses I can eat at the Noonmark after a hike and not gain any weight for the day.
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Reviewing average heart rate data I find that 500-600 calories is my average output for strenuous hiking over several hours, including ascents/descents. Depending on your exertion and level of fitness you could shift this around some, but it might work for your purposes.
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:41 PM   #3
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Reviewing average heart rate data I find that 500-600 calories is my average output for strenuous hiking over several hours, including ascents/descents. Depending on your exertion and level of fitness you could shift this around some, but it might work for your purposes.
Is this something simple one could figure out on their own by tracking their heart rate? E.g. an average of X BPM for an hour = Y amount of calories?
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Heart rate monitors have proprietary methods to calculate average heart rate over a given time period. It would be surprising if two agree. I decided it was more meaningful to calculate an average HR per hour from the average reported from the device divided by the time over which the average was calculated. When I look at this average HR/ hour for various hikes, they agree pretty well in the range I quoted. A very strenuous hike will be higher while a less strenuous hike will be lower.
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