Calories Burned Backpacking

Compare the calories burned backpacking to a variety of other activities at the calories burned chart.

Calories burned backpacking are fun calories to burn, because unlike something like jogging backpacking is actually a lot of fun, and can be a great experience in and of itself. You can think of the calories burned backpacking as a bonus to all the fun you are having.

And having fun while burning calories is really the best way to lose weight, because it is those kinds of activities that you will go back to, and you will do regardless of whether or not you are burning calories.

Calories burned backpacking, then, are the kinds of calories that will stay off, and will translate in to real weight loss, rather than a temporary shrinking of your waistline.

You can also improve your calories burned backpacking by taking along healthy food while backpacking, and avoiding the kinds of processed junk food that leads to weight gain in the first place.

Calories Burned – Backpacking

The amount of calories burned backpacking depends on a couple of things. One is your weight. Another is whether or not you are carrying much of anything in your backpack.

All data is from the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Calories Burned Backpacking – Light Backpack

  • If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 354 calories burned backpacking per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 422 calories per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 490 calories per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 205 pounds: 558 calories per hour

Calories Burned Backpacking – Heavy Backpack

  • If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 413 calories burned backpacking per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 493 calories per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 572 calories per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 205 pounds: 651 calories per hour

So as you can see your calories burned backpacking numbers will improve the heavier your backpack is. Really though, when you go backpacking you should be taking along at least a few essentials like water, extra food, a few layers and some emergency supplies that will help to weigh down your backpack.

And if you really want to push the amount of calories burned backpacking you can do things like volunteer to be the pack mule for any friends you bring along with you in to the backcountry. Your friends will love you for carrying their extra gear and your waistline will love you too.

To see even more calorie burning activities check out the calories burned chart.