What is Fast Hiking?
A straightforward question with many different answers, but we'll keep it simple. The name says it all, really. Fast hiking. Here, we’re talking about hiking that maintains a consistent fast pace. In terms of speed, you should stay at a pace somewhere between walking and running. The goal is to maintain a high rate of progress and cover large distances in a short time.
And time is a clear indicator. The word “hiking” indicates that the trip has a significant length, in terms of both distance and time. If you're planning a fast hike, you will need to set aside at least half a day, but preferably a whole day.
In other words, fast hiking is an activity for those who thrive at a moderate to high heart rate and who can keep it up for long periods of time.
Where is Fast Hiking done?
Many fast hikers will probably claim that this is a mountain activity, because mountains offer varied terrain where you can hike over large distances and cover a large span in altitude meters, while experiencing amazing nature. But, you can of course also fast hike in the lowlands, as long as you find a hilly landscape and you can mainly stay on trails.