The Art of Slow Hiking
Over the past year I've taken up the philosophy of slow hiking.
I've gotten burnt-out from the hustle/optimization/productivity culture that's become so pervasive in society. And, unfortunately, I've seen it start to infiltrate the hiking community as well.
I don't have anything against tracking, pacing, optimization, summit-chasing, and FKTs in principle. But, for me, that's not why I go on adventures. I'm not looking to "conquer" anything. I don't want my adventures to feel like I'm checking a box. I don't want to have an incredible experience interrupted by pacing stats. Or to feel disappointed because I didn't miss a mark, even though I was in one of Earth's most beautiful places. I just want to enjoy my existence outside.
And so I've been embracing slowing down, hiking without purpose, and walking fewer miles, but ones that are more intentional, present, and focused.
I filmed this video with my Daybreak pack as a bit of a manifesto. It serves, for me, as a reminder to go light, slow, and with intention. And that there's nothing to accomplish other than enjoying the present moment.
What are your thoughts on slow hiking? Is this something you might embrace moving forward? Or are you more in the data-driven camp? I'd love to know what people feel about this!