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[pct-l] 20 mile days

yes, I would agree that the additional weight would burden the hiker 
relative to each person's physiology and conditioning.

> I agree with what you say about running. This would be equally true
> for hiking, except I think another factor comes into play for hiking,
> which is pack weight. If a 160 lb hiker and 200 lb hiker both carry a
> 40 lb pack, the pack weight is 25% of the 160 lb hiker's body weight
> but only 20% of the 200 lb hiker's body weight. This translates to a
> smaller % extra burden for the heavier hiker's muscles. The reason I
> bring this up is that I have observed on the trail that many of the
> fastest hikers tend to be bigger (but not real big) people carrying
> light packs. However, put those same people in a 10K road race and
> they probably wouldn't fare as well, since their body weight would
> work against them there.
> Ron
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: dude [mailto:dude@fastmail.ca]
>> Subject: RE: [pct-l] 20 mile days
>> Just as a side note to this response, I had a 2:20 marathoner tell me
>> that every pount of bodyweight that you carry will add 2 seconds per
>> mile to your pace.  For example, if you are trying to run 20 miles
>> and you currently can run 20 miles at a 8 minute pace, then you lose
>> 20 lbs, you should be able to run at an 7:20 pace (20 lbs x 2 seconds
>> =
> 40
>> seconds).  If you calclulate how much faster that is over the entire
> 20
>> miles, it come out to 13.333 minutes faster.  That's very
>> significant. it probably works very similar in hiking.  if you lose
>> weight, you
> will
>> use less effort to do the same ammount of work.
>> peace,
>> dude
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