An activity like this is not something you can just rock up to, it requires the right footwear, the right pack, and accessories to optimise your hike, trail running shoes offer the best blend of lightweight frames, comfort, and endurance, and would certainly be something to consider if this discipline sounds up your street (or mountain). The appeal of fast hiking isn’t just for fitness, it’s an opportunity to traverse new grounds, exploring new valleys and peaks in a totally different way. The views up a mountain top that took you three days to reach makes the reward all the more gratifying. But fast hiking, like many other activities, has variations in styles and distances. From lighter packs to longer journeys, and how you sleep are all entirely up to you.
For example, a popular way of fast hiking across the alps is hut-to-hut running, through a strategic network of communes across the mountain range provide places to sleep, and food to eat, so your travels are lighter, and your bellies are full. It’s a great exercise to do as a couple, a group, or of course, by yourself, as the reward of the exciting new places you conquer, not to mention the physiological benefits make fast hiking the complete package when it comes to hybrid adventures.