Fast & Light Hiking with Laura Dahlmeier

Descubre la emoción del senderismo rápido y ligero con Laura Dahlmeier


Cuando se trata de caminatas rápidas y ligeras, pocas personas encarnan el espíritu y la experiencia de esta emocionante actividad como Laura Dahlmeier. Doble campeona olímpica y siete veces campeona mundial de biatlón, la pasión de Laura por el aire libre y su incansable impulso la han convertido en una fuerza formidable tanto en los deportes de competición como en el senderismo recreativo. Hablamos con Laura para profundizar en sus ideas sobre el senderismo rápido y ligero, descubrir por qué es tan emocionante y por qué el Osprey Tempest Velocity es su mochila preferida para estas aventuras.

Conoce a Laura Dahlmeier: campeona dentro y fuera de las pistas

Laura Dahlmeier no solo es una atleta célebre, sino también una ávida excursionista rápida y ligera que encuentra alegría y desafíos en las montañas de su país de origen, Alemania. Conocida por su precisión y resistencia, Laura aporta la misma intensidad al senderismo que al biatlón. Su perspectiva y experiencias únicas ofrecen información invaluable para cualquiera que quiera practicar senderismo rápido y ligero o llevar sus aventuras actuales al siguiente nivel.

Preguntas y respuestas con Laura Dahlmeier


1. ¿Cuáles son tus tres mejores rutas de senderismo rápidas y ligeras en Alemania y qué las hace geniales?


N.º 1 - Cima de Alemania - Zugspitze vía Reintal
Dada la longitud del recorrido, se recomienda una combinación de trail running y senderismo rápido y ligero. Comienza a correr por el hermoso desfiladero de Partnach y asciende por el valle de Reintal. Desde el Reintalangerhütte, cambia a senderismo rápido, continúa más allá del Knorrhütte, cruza el Zugspitzplatt y, finalmente, a través de un paso asegurado con cables de acero, llega a la cumbre del Zugspitze. A continuación, desciende "ligero y rápido" con la góndola de vuelta al valle.

N.º 2 - Der Wank
Un recorrido más corto a la soleada montaña de Partenkirchen, con una magnífica vista del macizo de Zugspitze. La ruta puede variar en longitud e intensidad a través de diferentes opciones de ascenso y también se puede realizar en condiciones climáticas menos favorables.

#3 - A la Meilerhütte
Comenzando en Garmisch-Partenkirchen a través del espectacular desfiladero de Partnach, continúe por el Kälbersteig pasando por el hermoso castillo de Schachen hasta el Meilerhütte. Excelentes vistas y una acogedora cabaña donde también puedes pasar la noche. La mochila Tempest Velocity, con 22 litros, tiene mucho espacio para un cepillo de dientes.

2. How can fast and light hiking benefit both physical fitness and mental well-being?


Since you can move faster, the physical intensity is higher than pure hiking. The lighter backpack makes it less muscularly strenuous, but the cardiovascular system is more challenged. Because the backpack is lighter, you can stay active in the beautiful mountain scenery for many hours. This is a significant mental benefit in my view. Additionally, I find it motivating that you can cover greater distances in a shorter time. I am always amazed at the distances one can cover in a day.

3. What are the essential gear items you take in your backpack when fast and light hiking?


In my Tempest Velocity, I always pack a lightweight GORE-TEX rain jacket, enough to drink, an emergency bar, a small first aid kit, and my phone for emergencies and to capture beautiful moments. It's also advisable to carry some cash to possibly get additional supplies at a hut, so you don't have to carry too much food and thus weight up the mountain. Depending on the length of the tour and the season, it might be wise to take a change of shirt or a headlamp. The key is to take as much as necessary but not more. Otherwise, you’re no longer fast & light.

4. Can you share personal anecdotes or stories from fast and light hiking adventures, highlighting any memorable moments and unexpected challenges?


I usually train in my home mountains around Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and sometimes I feel like challenging myself. For example, in the valley, you see the hiking sign "Kramerspitze 5 hours" and it’s just fun for me to find my personal limit on this route, light & fast. When the watch stops at only 1:15 hours at the top, it’s an incredible feeling of what the body is capable of. However, one must always be aware that there are different dangers in the mountains and not take too high a risk. Otherwise, things can quickly get critical, like on one of my tours to the Musterstein, where I was surprised by a thunderstorm. Although I could shelter in a rock niche, I only had a thin rain jacket for protection, and I quickly got drenched and cold. Fortunately, there was a hut not far away where I could dry off and warm up.

Why the Tempest Velocity is Perfect for Fast and Light Hiking?

Laura’s go-to pack for fast and light hiking is the Osprey Tempest Velocity. This pack is specifically designed for those who want to move quickly and efficiently without sacrificing comfort or functionality. Here’s why the Tempest Velocity is the ideal choice for this activity:

Lightweight Design:

The Tempest Velocity is crafted to be as light as possible, reducing the strain on your body and allowing for faster movement.

Ample Storage:

With 22 liters of space, it’s perfect for carrying essential items without overloading you.

Comfortable Fit:

The running vest-inspired harness and adjustable hipbelt ensure a snug, comfortable and versatile fit, even during intense physical activity. 

Durable Materials:

Built to withstand the rigors of the trail, this pack will keep your gear protected and accessible.

Hydration Compatibility:

Designed to accommodate a hydration reservoir, so you can stay hydrated on the go without needing to stop frequently.

Quick and Easy Access:

The lightweight top cinch closure compression allows for a range of items to be back and unpacked as quickly as you need.

Fast and light hiking is an exciting way to explore the great outdoors, combining the physical challenge of speed with the mental reward of covering significant distances in stunning landscapes. With the insights from Laura Dahlmeier and the reliability of the Velocity Series, you’re well-equipped to embark on your own fast and light hiking adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or new to the trail, this approach to hiking offers a fresh and exhilarating experience.