Lightweight backpacking gear is being used
by average Americans to make it easier
and more enjoyable to get outdoors. Lightweight backpacking gear can enable an
average hiker to cover far greater distances without re- supply.
Lightweight backpacking gear is enabling outdoor enthusiasts to see more when they
go outside. Many people are now regularily covering more than 20 miles
per day during their thru-hikes.
Taken to the next level, lightweight backpacking gear is allowing athletes to
achieve truly incredible results. Here is a short list of these Fast & Lite athletes, and their accomplishments.
June, 2006 - Roman Dial, Ryan Jordan, and Jason Geck attempt the first and longest ever unsupported trekking traverse of America’s most remote, roadless, uninhabited wilderness, a distance of 1000 km (600 mi)
Learn more: Arctic1000.com
October 2005 - Brian Frankle completes the 800 mile Hayduke Trail in a
"Fast & Lite" style. The
Hayduke Trail (HDT) is ~800 miles in length and stretches circuitously
westward across the Colorado Plateau from Arches National Park to Zion
Learn more: Brian
August 2005 - Andy Skurka completes the 7,778 mile transcontinental
(C2C). Taking just over 11 months, Skurka's trek took him from Cape
the Atlantic Ocean to Cape Alava on the Pacific, passing through some
of North America's most rugged and scenic backcountry and through
communities large and small.
Learn more: 2 Seas 2 Feet Tour
||October 2004 - Demetri Coupounas completes 470+ mile
Colorado Trail without re-supply or support.
September 2004 - Demetri Coupounas completes 273 mile Vermont
Long Trail without re-supply or support.
Learn more: Demetri
||October 2001 - Brian "Flyin' Brian" Robinson completes
the 7,371 mile
(11,941-kilometer) Triple Crown of American hiking within one calendar
year. In backpacking, the Triple Crown refers to the three longest
north-south hiking trails in the United States: the Appalachian Trail,
the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail.
Learn more: Appalachian
Crest Trail, Continental