Fastpacking is a blend of trail running and ultralight backpacking, combining the speed and efficiency of trail running with the self-sufficiency of backpacking. It's a lightweight and minimalist approach to covering long distances over multiple days, often through challenging terrain. Fastpackers aim to move quickly and efficiently, carrying only essential gear to cover more ground in less time.

Here are some key aspects to consider if you're thinking about starting fastpacking:

Lightweight Gear
Fastpackers prioritise lightweight and compact gear to minimise the load they carry. This includes ultralight tents, flexible hydration solutions, featherlight sleeping bags, and minimalist cooking equipment.


Trail Running Shoes
Instead of traditional hiking boots, fastpackers often wear trail running shoes for greater speed and agility on the trail.


Limited Gear
Fastpackers carry only the essentials, focusing on multi-functional items. They may sacrifice certain comforts to reduce the overall weight of their gear.

Ultralight Backpacks
Backpacks used in fastpacking are typically lightweight and designed to carry the essentials without unnecessary features. They often have a streamlined design to reduce drag.

Efficient Movement
Fastpackers aim to maintain a steady and efficient pace, incorporating running or jogging on flat or downhill sections of the trail. The goal is to cover more ground in less time.

Minimalist Camping
Fastpackers may choose to camp in lightweight shelters such as tarps or bivouacs, even sleeping under the stars when weather permits.

Unlike traditional backpacking where resupply points are common, fastpackers may carry all the necessary food and equipment for the entire journey, making them self-supported over extended distances.

Fitness and Endurance
Fastpacking requires a high level of fitness and endurance, as covering long distances at speed across hilly terrain is physically demanding.

Fastpacking is a versatile and dynamic approach to exploring the outdoors, allowing adventurers to cover more ground and experience remote and challenging landscapes in a relatively short period. It requires careful planning, efficient gear choices, and a balance between speed and self-sufficiency.

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