GERETSRIED, GERMANY — If you set out on a journey to travel the majestic coastline of Sardinia, Italy, or Kho Kho Lipe & Tao, Thailand, what kind of pack would you take? What if that journey required you to travel that coastline from the water without a canoe, kayak, or even scuba tanks of any kind? Crazy, right? Well, welcome to the sport of Seatrekking, where minimalist explorers connect trekking with coastal swimming with free diving with orienteering — take that, XTERRA! Seatrekking is a new endurance sport that attempts to capture the interest of explorers who want to take excursions into places that are still considered natural and unaffected; both above and below the water. Endurance racers have known this was coming for some time, and if you’re a Navy SEAL, you’ve been doing this for a living for several years. But regardless of how this extreme sport has blended the enthusiasm of traveling by land and sea, Seatrekking has become a buzz word for those looking for the next big thing in endurance sports.
Thankfully, Aetem — an outdoor products vendor from Germany — has created a line of waterproof packs designed especially for Seatrekking. Aetem has three product specifically rated for coastal travel, from the small Aetem Day Pack, to the more hardcore Aetem Seashell or Big Pack, this company has banked on the chance that you will not only consider seatrekking as a possible option for your next vacation, but has even begun compiling tour maps for seatrekking destinations like Cres, Croatia, and Elba, Italy. For the full details on Aetem’s product line, checkout Chris Weiss’ fantastic article on Seatrekking on Gizmag.com, or try out Aetem’s website at www.aetem.de or www.seatrekking.com.
We at Phibious see seatrekking — or what some have dubbed “Amphibious Orienteering” or “Phib-O” — has an endurance sport that has yet to earn a place in competitive orienteering. We believes that as a sport with truly amphibious roots, seatrekking takes off-road triathlon and adventure racing to an extreme level could be the next up-and-coming competitive sport that could soon be taking America’s extreme athletes by storm! But without a competitive structure to support its expansion, it will certainly have a tough time gaining momentum. This is why Phibious hopes to change all that by combining their efforts with Canoe and Kayak Orienteering with Seatrekking to expand advocacy for both sports throughout the country. Contact us today if you would like to know more about the Phibious movement or how you can bring Seatrekking competitions to your area!