Weighted Carries for Fastpacking Training and Practice

For the majority of my outdoor trips and adventures, I’m mountain running: moving as quickly as I can in mountainous terrain all with the minimal amount of gear. I also go on multi-day trips and then my mountain running transforms into what’s called, fastpacking.

The goal is simply efficient all day movement over long distances, I’m not carrying all the heavy gear to comfortably hang out in a tent in a camp for long periods of time – I’m bringing just enough to get some rest when I’m not moving. I will be carrying additional gear in the form of an ultralight overnight sleep system, additional food, and perhaps some additional clothes and personal items.

I’ll be going over both training techniques that can help us move as fast as we can during our fastpacks, as well as some ways we can practice to optimize our time on our trip. I’ll be introducing a workout called Weighted Carries, which we’ll modify so that we can use it for both.

And as a bonus, I’ll go over some more tips and techniques to get you moving as fast as possible on your next fastpacking adventure.

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My Five Favorite Trips of 2021

Slaughterhouse Gulch

2021 was a tough year to get through – but I tried to make the best of it! Long, self-contained adventures are already my main jam, so it was easy to adapt to the topology of 2021. Here’s some of the favorite trips I took out in Colorado. I took a TON of footage this year, and am still editing down a lot of my adventures – if you haven’t already, subscribe to my Youtube channel to get notice of when those videos premiere!

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Training Journal: 12/20/21 – 12/26/21

Merry Christmas!

Monday

Bicycle Commute (20 miles)

Chapman

A little post work Chapman Ride to get some more mileage. So happy for the dedicated bike lane to the start. More traffic than I was expecting going down Flagstaff, as parking is supposed to not be happening after 9.

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Top Fastpacking Gear Picks

I recorded the above video somewhat on a whim – but it goes through some of the gear I use on my fastpacking trips. The way I pack is covered here, and what I bring to eat is covered here. I have gone through my entire kit for a few projects I’ve done, like my Sangres trip, if you’re looking for an exhaustive list.

Below, I’ll go through some of the newer gear that I’ve started using in the past year that I have really enjoyed and think it’s worth taking a closer look at for your own fastpacking adventures:

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