KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING:
Before you head off into the mountains make sure you know where you are going. Carry a mobile phone (Land Rover Explore), with a spare battery, with Viewranger installed and all the maps for the region. It is also a good idea to have a hard copy of a map if you are really remote.
WEAR THE RIGHT STUFF:
Make sure your clothes are quick dry and compact and make use of the layering system.
If you are fast hiking for a full day then keeping your energy levels high is important. I prefer to eat “real food” like bagels with peanut butter as it avoids sugar highs and lows of gels. Its best to eat little and often to sustain your energy levels and enable you to keep moving.
Before you head off into the mountains make sure you know where you are going. Carry a mobile phone (Land Rover Explore), with a spare battery, with Viewranger installed amd all the maps for the region. It is also a good idea to have a hard copy of a map if you are really remote.
If you are heading out into the wilderness then be sensible and safe. If you see a trail that you think looks dangerous then find an easier option. There are no prizes for taking unnecessary risks. I would also carry a very simple first aid kit that includes blister treatment, bandage, survival bag and painkillers
More often than not we will take more equipment than we need. It makes sense to invest in the best kit that is lightweight and compact. I find a 30l backpack is more than enough for a multiday trip including camping, cooking and food.
RESPECT YOUR SURROUNDINGS:
One of the main motivations for fast hiking is to be surrounded by natures beauty. As outdoor enthusiasts, it is our responsibility to make sure the places we visit are left as we found them for those who follow. Think twice before starting campfires and make sure you take all your litter with you.
For fast hiking I would recommend something small and waterproof like a Go Pro Hero.
No matter where you live it if easy to do small things to train before you get there: Take the stairs not the lift, strengthen your ankles with a balance board, get used to the weight of your pack.
PACK SWIMMING KIT:
I normally wear a pair of swimming trucks under my running or hiking kit and carry a small towel in my bag. There is nothing more exhilarating than diving into fresh water when you have worked up a sweat on the trails.