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 hiking a science report 
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Flatfoot
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 hiking a science report
How could you make hiking a science report? I have a science report which you have to write a report on something you did (an action) this summer and I did a lot of hiking. I was wondering what science topic would relate to hiking.
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Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:17 am
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This is a tough one. If you knew prior to summer that you'd be doing a report, then would be easy to pro-actively collect the data needed. To go back and put something together is not ideal.

Maybe if you have a detailed log of your hikes, for instance your times versus book times, relevant distances, elevation, etc... you could do a single point case study on improved aerobic threshold. Hopefully you saw a physical improvement as you hiked, which means your aerobic threshold level (the workload where the body can indefinitely burn fat supplies) increase. This is good because its sustainable ... you increased your endurance capacity. You might be able to plot a downward trend-line for % book time across the summer. Although you wouldn't have detailed data to show, key phrases in your report would be "aerobic", "anaerobic", "lactic threshold", "V02 max", etc...

If you take lots of pictures, discussing vegetation differences at elevation (alpine) with examples could work.

Maybe the pros / cons of hiking gear and fabrics used these days (from cotton, wool, wind-breakers, and then the whole line of synthetics, layering each, etc...)

Good luck!

-Matt


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here are two hints ...

Read the trip report & look at the air pressure pic;
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You know NH was once covered by a glacier, correct?
What evidence supports that ? Did you see any? (I bet you did) ...

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Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:11 am
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Weather is definitely a science topic that applies to hiking. This year, perhaps the additional rain? The USGS has water gauge data for you to look at as well: http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/?m=real&r=nh&w=map

Mount Washington has records that might also be helpful: http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/f6/ - this includes monthly summary data year by year.

Tim

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Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:32 am
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You can always pick a piece of gear and develop your own homebrew science tests. Here is an example I did on my blog:

http://www.backpackingengineer.com/blog.php/14

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Perceived exertion vs Measured exertion

Need a heart rate monitor to collect the measured data & a log book with a well defined method of stating the perceived exertion.

Hypothesis: As physical conditioning improves, Perceived exertion vs Measured exertion correlate closer.

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