Tom decided to make a change in 2018. He focused on increasing his activity, improving his diet and started hiking. He built up his stamina gradually over time and has since completed a number of prestigious hikes. This change has helped him both physically and mentally and he is now passionate about sharing his experiences to help inspire others to get outside. Tom started packrafting in 2023 and has found owning a packraft invaluable in expanding his horizons, reaching new places to hike and explore which would be inaccessible without a packraft. Hear from Tom himself below:

What first started as a love for hiking now includes wild camping, backpacking and packrafting in the UK and further afield. I have campaigned for outdoor rights (co-organiser of the Dartmoor wild camping protest), established a 100k+ online community (Hike Britain on Instagram) and have had work featured in publications including the National Geographic.

Having embraced the outdoors some 5 years ago, I made a fundamental, positive lifestyle change and took control of my health for the better. It has been an awesome journey so far and one I have shared with others online, in the hope that many will be inspired to realise the amazing benefits of the outdoors for themselves.

Packrafting is great fun and complements hiking very well. I have been packrafting with the MRS Ponto which is lightweight at 2.9kg, only takes 5 minutes to inflate and suddenly expands the possibilities for adventuring. Last summer I enjoyed wild camping on small islands in lakes which would normally be out of reach for me. It fits easily on top of my 60L pack, so I was able to add it to my hiking and camping gear easily. I can’t wait to packraft camp again very soon!

Take at look at Tom’s socials where he often shares his hiking/packrafting photos and stories to inspire others. Sign up also for his Weekend Hiker News via his @weekend_hiker insta page.

Instagram:  Tom Sigler 🇬🇧 (@weekend_hiker) • Instagram photos and videos

Hike Britain 🇬🇧 (@hike_britain) • Instagram photos and videos

Website: Home – Weekend Hiker

TikTok: Tom Sigler (@weekendhiker) | TikTok

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