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M Hiking Efficiency: A Day in the Life of an Ultralight Hiker

by Ryan Jordan

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Article Summary:

Hiking efficiently is one of the most difficult skills to learn over the course of a few days, or by reading an article. Perhaps as much as any backpacking skill, hiking (and camping) efficiency is borne more out of the experience that cements habits through repetition (conditioning) than by conscious practice. However, the effort required to practice - and repeat - those habits initially is real and requires profound effort. In short, hiking efficiency is accomplished in three phases: habit assessment, habit reformation, and habit cementation. This article explores each of these phases in depth and offers practical insight into hiking, camping, and living, more efficiently and gracefully.

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