The Milner to Berthoud Pass Continental Divide Ridge Traverse Fastpack was one of my biggest and proudest projects of 2020. Like the L.A. Freeway route, I think we’re going to see a lot of interest from people wanting to take it on in 2021 and beyond.
Thanks to Adam McRoberts at Big Things Crewing for having me on while I slowly got more and more caffeinated while we talk about living a life of endurance in personal, professional, and mountain pursuits.
This footage was untouched for a few months, but the trip was done last August (2020). I don’t feel a pressing need to edit these down – I kinda like the raw clunkiness of it all. It’s an incredible line though, and one I had the pleasure to have done three times last summer.
Fastpacking differs from ultralight backpacking to me (although the line is indeed blurry) in one major way: the brisk movement through terrain is most likely the only objective. There’s rarely a large camping/cooking/hanging out portion of a fastpack. Instead it’s all about that forward motion: fastpacking is a multi-day, unsupported run.
It’s best to be as prepared beforehand for the adventure, and get your gear dialed in as best as possible. Part of this dialing in is picking out what to bring, as well as how to pack it. I’ll be focusing on the latter idea in this post.