More than ever before, minimalism is golden
Speed hiking is hiking, but faster. With the right preparations, you'll accomplish much more in a day than you're used to. But how fast should you go? And how do you gear up for a speed ride? Mountain Tour Leader and BAMM participant Malva Björkman offers some advice.
Keep a steady pace
It's liberating to move fast, but for longer hikes, you should start slow, especially if it's a multi-day expedition. When the tempo is too high, it leads to more and longer breaks and all those walks and stops take a toll on the body. A golden rule is to keep a pace that allows you to speak with ease. As a guide, I've learned that when people get quiet, I need to slow down a bit.
I consistently make sure my bag is as thin as possible. Being able to use the same thing for different things is almost an obsession for me. A down jacket in a waterproof bag makes a good pillow. A resealable freeze-dried food package works great for scraps. And don't forget your hiking sandals that you can ford with.
Lighter means faster
With less weight to carry, you'll move more easily. And if you trust what you're wearing, there's no need to carry more than you need. To achieve this, equipment must perform well in any situation. Haglöfs L.I.M. series has been pushing the boundaries of functional, technical and lightweight trekking gear for over 20 years, always delivering maximum performance with minimum weight.
Weighing in at just 230 grams, the L.I.M. Series GTX Breathable Jacket offers plenty of protection for a tiny weight. The abrasion-resistant interior surface makes it easy and comfortable to put on. The Haglöfs L.I.M Series GTX Jacket is made of GORE-TEX Paclite® PLUS - GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™.