| 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 National Park.|
August 2005 – Andy Skurka completes the 7,778 mile transcontinental Sea-to-Sea Route (C2C). Taking just over 11 months, Skurka’s trek took him from Cape Gaspé on 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 Coupounas
|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.|