Click The Link Below To Download The MTNTOUGH Backcountry Calorie Calculator
The Backcountry Calorie Calculator is an excel file, and unfortunately, iPhones will open this as a read-only preview version by default. We recommend you use it on a computer, but to be able to use it on your phone, all you need to do is open it with either one of those free apps; The Apple Numbers App or The Microsoft Excel App. The Content in the MTNTOUGH Backcountry Calorie Calculator is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Our Commitment To Testing This Calculator
As we learn more about new research and gather more data, we’ll be updating this document to make sure it’s as accurate as it can be.
You’ll receive revision updates whenever we release them.
Right now we utilize what's known as the "ACSM" or "Pandolf" equations, which were initially developed for the military and has been used since the 1970s to estimate how much energy it takes to hike with a heavy pack on.
Test it and use it plan your hunts.
Let us know how it’s working for you. And feel free to send us your calorie data if you’re using a device to track it yourself.
Remember: When your body burns more calories than it consumes during heavy exertion, especially during a multi-day event like hunting, it creates the conditions for a severe energy crash.
On-mountain performance (strength, stamina, and mental clarity) will gradually decrease as a hunters calorie deficit increases day after day. Basically, try to manage the calorie gap, between your daily burn and daily consumption, especially over multiple day expeditions.
That’s why we developed this calculator for you.
- Dustin Diefenderfer (Founder of MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab)