These pages contain blogs describing my fastpacking (i.e. endurance trekking) adventures.
I am an ultra-runner and got into this when reconnoitering races such as the Ultra Tour de Mt. Blanc and the Bob Graham Round in the UK Lake District. These trips typically involved multiple 9-10 hour days of sustained effort, usually hiking hard on the uphills and running the downhills and any flat sections. I carried clothes and emergency gear in a light back-pack, but relied on refuges in the Alps and Youth Hostels in the Lakes for food and accommodation. I have found that, depending on the nature of the trail, I was able to sustain an average pace of approximately 40km/day.
After realizing that the reconnoitering was at least as much fun as the actual events I diversified. In the summer of 2010 I ran the Chamonix-Zermatt “Haute-Route” and in November 2010 I went to Nepal to run around Annapurna. This involved a number of challenges and safety issues that required some research and preparation, and on returning I thought that some of the lessons I learned might be useful to others contemplating similar adventures. Hence this blog.