Fastpacks

A quick google search will show that term “fastpacking” is far from being clearly defined, with people niggling over different aspects of what differentiates fastpacking from trail running on the one hand, and backpacking on the other (backpacking being the North American term for what we Aussies call bushwalking - “fastwalking” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it though, so let’s stick with fastpacking!).

For ease of understanding and to make it as widely accessible as possible, I like to think of fastpacking as: multiday bushwalking, where you run a bit. Of course, for some people, "a bit" might be the whole way, for others it will be short sections here and there. For the most part it doesn’t matter. Unless you’re trying to set an FKT (fastest known time) on a particular route, fastpacking isn’t really a competition sport. It’s a novel way to see the world.

People go fastpacking for any number of reasons - bushwalkers looking for a physical challenge, trail runners looking to explore a little further afield without relying on event aid stations. The great thing about fastpacking is how much ground you can cover once you’ve got the requisite fitness and gear. So that means all those hikes you’ve wanted to do but haven’t been able to get a week off work to undertake, you can knock over on the next (long) weekend. For the full article on fastpacking, click/tap here.

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